Stainless steel pre-owned gentleman’s Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520 automatic wrist watch, Black with luminescent hourly dot, baton and chevron markers, steel fixed bezel with black timing markers, steel-shaped case fitted to a brushed finish Oyster bracelet with Oyster clasp. This 'K' Serial Daytona comes complete with its certificate, Rolex box and spare links. Stickers on clasp and back of case.
Case width 40mm (excluding crown)
Rolex Calibre 4130 Automatic Movement
Hour, minute, small second hand
Chronograph with second, 30-minute and 12-hour counters
Luminescent hour index markers
Stainless Steel Case
Screw-down pushers and crown
Stainless Steel Oysterlock Bracelet
Supplied with original Rolex box and papers
If there is one watch that today features very high, if not at the top, of any serious watch collector’s wish-list it will the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.
Although originally launched in 1963 as the ‘Le Mans’ the name was changed the following year to ‘Daytona’ which was perhaps more fitting since the company was a sponsor of the 24 hour race at Daytona beach in Florida and had been since 1962.
Once again Rolex had produced a watch that had a specific, practical application and this time it was to be able to record the speed of a race car with the aid of its unique external bezel showing metre markings.
The original Daytona (Ref 6239) was equipped with a manual-wind movement and it wasn’t until 1988 that the watch was introduced with a Zenith-supplied automatic movement (Ref 16520). Finally in the year 2000 Rolex installed their Calibre 4140 movement which is still found in the production versions of today (Ref 116520).
Over the years, the Cosmograph Daytona has been dressed in a wide variety of metals and finishes including Everose Gold (red gold mixed with platinum), white gold, steel and rolesor (18 carat gold mixed with steel) and of course regular stainless steel.
Perhaps the most famous (and collectable) Daytona of all is the so-called ‘Paul Newman Dial’ although interestingly Paul Newman’s own Daytona was a regular Ref 6239. The association of the famous actor’s name with the Daytona, however, was enough to drive up the desirability of the watch and especially the values.
2001 ROLEX Daytona Stainless Steel 116520
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