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Lot #1665

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 16520 Zenith Movement Tropical Patrizzi Dial

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Introduction

Perhaps one of the most iconic timepieces to have ever hit the market, the Rolex Daytona is widely recognized as one of the most desirable watches there is. Distinguished by its three generations, what we have here is the 2nd generation 5-digit reference, known as the "Zenith" Daytonas due to their movement (the Rolex cal. 4030) being a heavily modified version of the Zenith-supplied El Primero movement. Forgoing its date function, slowing the movement's frequency down to increase the power reserve, and featuring fewer parts to improve reliability, the cal. 4030 found within the Zenith Daytonas is one of the finest pieces of horological engineering to come out of the late 80s and 90s (1988-2000). Still a mechanically astute timepiece to this day, the Zenith Daytona exists through a wide variety of references, of which, the ref. 16520 is the purest. A wonderful expression of Rolex's engineering capabilities and the consistency in their iconic design language, the Zenith Daytona is the unsung hero in the Daytona's lineage. Still, it won't be for long when collectors begin to unravel the story and see the value these incredible timepieces hold.

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Grade

M 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$30,000 – $50,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

40mm

Model

Daytona

Movement

Rolex Self-winding cal. 4030

Reference

16520

Bracelet

Stainless steel Oyster bracelet

Year

1993

Condition

Very good

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch only

Dial Color

Black

THE "PATRIZZI" DIAL

In keeping with other examples from this period, this Daytona ref. 16520's silver subdial chapter rings have oxidized as a result of the varnish originally used by Rolex on their dials. Extremely rare and sought after, the resulting effect is that the once-bright silver chapter rings now appear with a gentle brown patina

THE MOVEMENT

Released in 1988, the "Zenith" generation of Daytona models represent the increasingly forgotten period of watchmaking whereby collaboration was key to the success of brands regardless of their size - as demonstrated by the ref. 16520's automatic cal. 4030 movement., which is based on Zenith's El Primero movement.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in overall very good condition. The case retains sharp crisp edges and full lugs, while the bezel has most of the enameling intact. There are minor scratches and abrasions along the edge of the bezel and case. The dial has even spotting through the black surface, and it exhibits subdial rings that have aged to a brown color. (In the collector's lexicon, this is referred to as a Patrizzi dial.) The bracelet has 12 links total, two of which are removable. It exhibits minor stretch.

Our Perspective

A legendary timepiece for all the right reasons, the Rolex Daytona exists in a world of its own, unrivaled by most other sports chronographs. Positioned within its lineage as the original 'modern' Daytona, the "Zenith" Daytona will certainly prove to be an important piece of the Daytona's history for a very long time yet.

Justin Gruenberg

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