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Rolex Daytona ref 16520 Zenith circa 1999 Box, Tags, Booklets & Papers Unworn NOS!

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It’s no secret that over the past two decades, one watch has dominated the hearts of tens of thousands of collectors and the watch market as a whole. The Daytona began production in 1963 and has been worn by childhood heroes the world over ever since. Now while literally all Daytona models are dear, some specific references begin to rocket ahead of the rest. And over the past 5 years we have seen the absolutely meteoric rise of one such reference, the 16520.

The ref.# 16520, or the “Zenith” Daytona, so named for it’s use of the famous Zenith El Primero caliber, was introduced in 1988. There are several popular variations of the Zenith Daytona models; the “Inverted 6,” the “Floating Cosmograph, the “4 Line,” the “Patrizzi.” And this model is no less distinctive, as only in the last 2 years of its production of the Zenith version, did Rolex switch from using tritium (T SWISS T) to the use of Luminova”Swiss Made” as the glowing material on the plots and the hands.  With production of the Zenith Daytona terminated by 2000, and replaced with the in house movement Daytona, the ref. 116520, that left the Luminova dial Zenith Daytonas with only a two year run. The rarity here cannot be overstated.

On par with the rarity, is the condition this Zenith Daytona is in. The watch is in completely NOS unworn condition, with all stickers and hang tags still on, having never once been removed and including the red sticker under clasp never removed, and plastic bezel protector removed for photos. According to the papers (and the original purchase receipt) this watch was purchased in 2000, it was then left in its box and put in a safe, never leaving until being offered here at WBAW?.

Featuring an updated 39mm case, for the first time with crown guards, and also a first for the use of a sapphire crystal on a Daytona.The bezel of the 16520 is a stainless steel tachymeter, ushering in nearly 30 years of the same. The Daytona wouldn’t see another black bezel, like on the 6263, until the release of the ref# 116500 in 2016. The dial is a beautiful enamel white, with three awesome contrasting black subdial rings.

The further value to collectors is that this example includes the original inner and outer box, the Rolex Oyster and Rolex Daytona booklets, the chronometer hang tag and the serial numbered matching hang tag, and original plastic bezel protector. Even included in this full set is the original sales receipt. Also offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate timekeeping and operation.

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Rolex Serial Numbers and Clasp Codes

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex Production Year Serial Number
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1950
1949
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1931
1930 23,186
1929
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001
 

Rolex Clasp Codes

Bracelet CodeYear
A or VA1976
B or VB1977
C or VC1978
D or VD1979
E or VE1980
F or VF1981
G1982
H1983
I1984
J1985
K1986
L1987
M1988
N1989
O1990
P1991
Q1992
R1993
S1994
T or W1995
V1996
Z1997
U1998
X1999
AB2000
DE2001
DT2002
AD2003
CL2004
MA2005
OP2006
EO2007
PJ2008
LT2009
RS2010
RANDOM201+