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Rolex Zenith Daytona ref 16520 Luminova circa 1999

SOLD

A very desirable late production Rolex “Zenith” Daytona A7 serial number circa 1999. Featuring a “SWISS MADE” signed dial designating luminova as the luminous material of the dial and hands. A very good condition preowned model with perfect condition dial and hands and lumes, and with light surface scratches consistent with a 20+ year old watch. The 400 mph stainless steel tachometer bezel appears never polished, showing shallow surface scratches but retaining the original high polish mirror finish.

There is a small nick on the bezel between the words Unit and Per, and there is a small scratch in the crystal above the 9 0’clock register and a tiny flea bit at 6:30. These imperfections are visible in the photos but are less conspicuous in person and are mentioned for completeness of description.

As for provenance of this watch, we know that it was purchased at auction preowned at Butterfield Bonhams in Los Angeles in 2014. We do not have the original Rolex warranty papers. The watch is in excellent operating condition with excellent time keeping and all chronograph functions recording and resetting properly. The watch is guaranteed genuine and is being offered with our 1 year warrantee of accurate time keeping and operation.

Your purchase will include our popular fine leather watch pouch ideal for travel and storage, a $55.00 value.

Background

The Daytona began production in 1963 as a manual wind model and has been the iconic Rolex sport model ever since. The ref# 16520, or the “Zenith” Daytona, so named for its use of the famous Zenith El Primero caliber, was introduced in 1988 and features a larger diameter 39mm case with crown guards and sapphire crystal, and was the first Daytona powered by an automatic movement. The 16520 was in production until 2000, and was replaced by the ref 116520 which utilized a newly developed Rolex in house automatic movement. The current example luminova dial example is among the last of the Zenith Daytona models.

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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+