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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Est. value range
$30,000 – $40,000
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.
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.