The first 'modern' Daytona- the 165XX model, was released in 1988 as the successor to the Valjoux 72 based 4 digit models (which have been in production since the 1960s). Manufactured in a multitude of arrangements, with contrasting case materials and dial configurations, the watch was the first Rolex chronograph to feature an automatic winding movement. The movement in its inception was a Zenith 400 caliber, prior to Rolex making over 200 of its own modifications, after which it became the caliber 4030.
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Box, Guarantee Paper, Manuals, and Hang Tags
Est. value range
$20,000 – $30,000
The overall condition of the watch is exceptional. Superficial faint scratches can be seen on the bezel and polished center links of the band, however these are minor and do not detract from the beauty of the piece. Dial and hands are flawless, with no apparent spotting or blemishes.
It is hard to imagine that the 16520 was launched over 30 years ago! Still as modern looking as when it was first released, this the Zenith caliber based Daytonas are amongst my favorite. With new Daytonas' fetching prices that are higher than ever, these now vintage examples are worth some serious consideration.