Rolex Daytona 16520 'Inverted 6'Sold
Rolex Daytona 16520 'Inverted 6'
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1988 was the year of introduction of the second-generation Daytonas; the Zenith Daytona starting with reference 16520. This Daytona, dating back to 1991, is a very handsome specimen as it is in absolute mint condition. The Zenith Daytonas are larger (40 mm) than their predecessors and have a white or black-lacquered, glossy dial as opposed to the matte or metallic dial. The crown guards and sapphire crystal make it a very robust watch. The watch is powered by the famous El Primero-based Zenith caliber 4030, which was Rolex's first self-winding chronograph movement. This 16520 has an inverted six on the bottom sub dial, which means it appears as a nine. In '93/'94 the Daytonas got the polished centre links so this one still has an Oyster bracelet with the matte finish. The example we can offer you has box and papers.
Rolex DaytonaRolex started making chronographs in the 1930s, but it was only in 1963 that a named product line was introduced: the Cosmograph. In some early advertisements, Rolex referred to the watch as the ‘Le Mans’ after the famous race track in France, although the name never appeared on the dial. After a few years, the line was officially renamed Cosmograph Daytona, after the racetrack in Florida.The most noticeable difference between these Cosmograph (Daytona) models and earlier Rolex chronographs, was the tachymeter scale (used for measuring distance and speed) that was moved from its traditional placement on the dial to the bezel. Furthermore, the dial was updated with the introduction of contrasting sub-dials.It’s hard to imagine now, but Daytonas received little love after their release. Most Daytonas languished in dealer displays for years and were only started to get noticed by Italian collectors and dealers in the late 1980s. Nowadays, Daytonas are among the most sought after Rolex models, fetching prices from $15,000 for modern ones to many millions for rare vintage references. A big contrast with the $210 list price when it was first released!IV
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