Rolex “The full set First generation Zenith Daytona ref. 16520”. Status: sold

Rolex "The full set First generation Zenith Daytona ref. 16520"

Extremely rare Rolex Zenith Daytona ref. 16520, manufactured in 1988.
This extraordinary specimen is an early example of the famous ‘R’ series from the 1st generation of production in 1988. The black glossy dial is featuring the Floating “Cosmograph” signature and is enhanced by the warm ivory tone of the registers. Original calibrated bezel graduated to 200 units per hour.

Sold in Japan in 1989 , it is accompanied by the original Rolex guarantee, box and booklet.

For the Daytona’s 25th anniversary, Rolex surprised the public at the 1988 Basel fair by introducing the first self winding chronograph model in its history. The newly launched reference 16520 was powered by a derivative of Zenith’s El Primero calibre, substantially modified by Rolex. It was the first Daytona to be equipped with a sapphire crystal and a new larger diameter of 39mm.

The launch of the 16520 was an immediate success and elevated the Daytona to its current mythical status.

Case n.: R782xxx
Cal.: Automatic, cal. 4030
Diam.:  39mm
Box & Papers: Original Rolex Guarantee , Box and booklets
Manufactured in: 1988

Status: sold

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