Exclusive Timepieces 7 December 2019 | Monaco | Lot 157

Rolex Fascinating and Iconic Daytona Chronograph Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 16 520, With Patrizzi Dial, Bracelet, Original Papers, Sticker and Tag

Estimate € 30,000 – 60,000

Sold € 40,300

Model: Daytona
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 16520
Year: 1996
Case N°: W723834
Caliber: 4030
Movement type: Automatic
Bracelet: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 39 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement
Accessories: Papers, sticker and tag

1988 was a very breakthrough year since the iconic Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona series reference 16 500 was launched. Taking advantage of the increased size of the case from 37 to 40 mm, these models came equipped with the legendary 4030 caliber with Zenith El Primero ebauche. This new chronograph was available in three versions: in stainless steel (ref. 16 520), in steel and gold (ref. 16 523), and in gold (ref. 16 528). There were several novelties compared to previous models such as a sapphire crystal which replaced the previous plexiglass one. This timepiece encountered great success and throughout the years has become an icon amongst Rolex collectors. The present Daytona is a reference 16 520 which means that its case and bracelet are entirely made in stainless steel. Preserved in good conditions, this specimen impresses for the quality of its case and rare black Mark IV Patrizzi dial. Patrizzi dials are extremely well know and sought after among collectors and are not other than dials where the original white chapter rings have reacted to sunlight and other environmental factors then turning into shades of brown. These “imperfections” come out only on some Daytonas because the Swiss watch brand used zappon, an organic varnish, for the dial of this particular watch. Since this topicalization develops unevenly, each piece becomes kind of unique. This 16 520 is a very nice one for its well preserved case and original bracelet and it’s black special dial, moreover it’s sold with booklets, original guarantee confirming its sale the 9th April 1996, calendar and tag: for all these features and given the importance gained by Daytona nowadays, this lot is a must have for every watch lover.