Rolex Daytona 16520 ‘Floating Cosmograph’
Name a more collectible Zenith Daytona with black dial than this one.
1988 was the introduction of the second-generation Daytona; the Zenith Daytona starting with references 16520 (stainless steel), 16523 (stainless steel and 18k yellow gold), 16528 (18k yellow gold). The specimen we have for offer is a very collectible 16520. First of all, the watch has an L-serial number, which is the second series of the Zenith Daytona and is very rare as it was only produced from 1989 to early 1990. It came after the R-series, which is well-known for the ‘Floating Cosmograph’. This refers to the word ‘Cosmograph’, which appears to be printed separately from the other text on the dial. However, there is a limited batch of transitional versions – like this one – with an L-serial and ‘Floating Cosmograph’. Secondly, this specimen has an MKII bezel, which has a different gradation as it starts with 400 units per hour, ends with 60 units per hour and includes 225 units per hour. This is different from the bezel of the previous serials and the ones after the L-series. The watch comes on the correct 78360 Oyster bracelet, which has the brushed finish and 503 end links. The L-series on itself is very rare thanks to its short production but when it has this unique combination of dial and bezel it is extremely rare. Last but not least, it comes with the box, a booklet and service papers.
Fun fact: This watch was serviced by Rolex in Italy in 2019. This is why it has red-lined stickers on the case. Only a handful of Rolex service centers worldwide deliver serviced watches with this type of stickers.