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$24,000

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Auction Ended
06/21/22
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Lot #1491

Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Zenith Movement 16518 Box and Papers

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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 the 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. 16518 that we have here is one of the most luxurious with its 18kt yellow gold case and flip-lock clasp and comfortable leather strap. 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 before collectors begin to unravel its story and see the value these incredible timepieces hold.

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Grade

M 9

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Box and Papers

Est. value range

$15,000 – $25,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

40mm

Model

Daytona

Movement

Automatic cal. 4030

Reference

16518

Bracelet

Crocodile strap

Year

1994

Condition

Excellent

Material

18kt Yellow gold

Included

Watch, Box and Papers

Dial Color

White

THE DIAL

With its brilliant white dial contrasting its yellow gold case, this ref. 16518's display is wonderfully legible with black subdials and its tritium hour markers and hands.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Sitting on a crocodile strap with its 18kt yellow gold case, the ref. 16518 is a spectacular blend of understated luxury and the Daytona's tool watch design DNA.

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

In excellent overall condition. The case with hardly any signs of wear. The case with full proportions and hallmarks, overall in outstanding condition and complete with all accessories.

Please Note: Due to CITES considerations, if the watch is to be shipped outside of the USA, the exotic skin strap will have to be removed.

Our Perspective

A beautiful blend of luxury and the Daytona's iconic design, the ref. 16518 has everything that makes the Daytona one of the most sought-after watches on the market - its stunning good looks and a luxurious construction that collectors love.

Sam Hines

Managing Director

Lot # 1491

Rolex Daytona Yellow Gold Zenith Movement 16518 Box and Papers

Sold

$24,000

Ended
06/21/22