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Auction Ended
11/18/22
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Lot #1751

Rolex Daytona 16520 Zenith Movement Retailed by Tiffany & Co.

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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 – $40,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

40mm

Model

Daytona

Movement

Automatic cal. 4030

Reference

16520

Bracelet

Stainless steel Oyster bracelet

Year

1991

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch only

Dial Color

White

THE CO-SIGNED DIAL

Featuring a white 'panda' dial, the Daytona's most popular dial variant, this example would be extremely popular in its own right, but when co-signed by Tiffany & Co.'s legendary branding, it takes it to another level of desirability and exclusivity entirely.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Made entirely of steel and measuring 40mm in diameter, the ref. 16520 contains the essence of the Daytona's iconic aesthetic and wears perfectly.

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 excellent overall condition. The watch has some minor surface wear and scratches as expected for a 30 year old watch. The bezel retains its black enameling with only minor wear on the edges of the bezel. Tiffany stamped dial is in near-mint condition with no visible signs of wear. Caseback still has remnants of the original green sticker affixed. The bracelet has 12 links total, 2 of which are removable. There is little to no stretch in the band.

Our Perspective

A desirable watch made that bit more desirable, this co-signed Daytona is the holy grail for Rolex collectors seeking out examples that are understated and only appreciated by those to understand exactly what they are looking at.

Sam Hines

Managing Director