1997 Rolex Daytona White Dial U Series Ref.16520 (with boxes and booklets)On Hold
The white Zenith
The Reference 16520 was launched in 1988 as the first self-winding Daytona from Rolex. Because Rolex at that time wasn't able to master it themselves they introduced the watch with the Zenith Cal.4030 automatic movement. It was an upgraded version of the original El Primero Cal.400 with extensive modifications such as as a new escapement with a much larger, freely sprung balance and balance spring with Breguet overcoil to enhance accuracy. Further a reduction in the balance's oscillation rate from 36,000 beats per hour to 28,800 beats per hour. All in all Rolex removed about 50% of the original parts from the movement and replaced them with their own. The date function was simply removed. A Daytona never had a date and we think it will never have one. In line with the above changes to the movement there were more firsts. The 16520 now had a sapphire crystal and a larger 40mm case. With all modifications the new Daytona became much more contemporary and wearable given its technical properties. The market for these has gone up upon strong demand and there are times we cannot get our hands on a nice example. We are happy to offer this watch with boxes and booklets.
|Case||Very good stainless steel case showing some weaar from age. The bezel is also in very good condition and not showing major wear|
|Bracelet / Strap||The watch comes with a very good matching Oyster bracelet showing moderate wear|
|Dial||Excellent black dial|
|Price||AED 99,000/USD 27,600
|Box||Inner & outer Box
The iconic ‘Daytona’ appeared on the Rolex Oyster Chronograph in 1965, in honor of the famed Florida racetrack.
The Daytona is characterized by its Chronograph function with the ‘Units Per Hour’ tachymeter bezel, which allows Miles Per Hour readings, along with its triple-register chronograph dial layout.