WHY WE LOVE IT
We all know the Daytona Story, and it has proven to be a big favorite among the collectors. Why? Rolex's brilliant motorsports chronograph is in pole position in any category, vintage or modern. And while current automatic versions admittedly don't generally do as much for us as a nice hand-cranking example, this particular iteration might be the exception to the rule. The timepiece you're looking at is a Reference 16520 Cosmograph, known among collectors as the "Zenith Daytona" due to its internal automatic chronograph mechanism that is based on the world-famous high beat El Primero movement. Until 2000, Rolex didn't actually offer an in-house automatic chronograph movement in the Daytona line, and since leaving the manual-winding Valjoux based movements on which they were founded in 1988, relied on Zenith to provide the internals for their flagship chronograph. "Zenith Daytonas" were made for almost a decade and have become incredibly desirable by collectors. With near-perfect proportions, they have become a true icon, and this particular example is a great way to get in on the action! This particular piece, a Reference 16528, dates to circa 1991 and features a solid 18k yellow gold construction, a lovely champagne Tritium dial with black sub register rings and a matching handset, matching yellow gold Oyster bracelet, and of course that Zenith-sourced El Primero heart beating inside. For when your average steel Zenith Daytona just doesn't cut it, this solid yellow gold example is here to save the day.
OVERALL CONDITION The case is in excellent condition showing signs of light professional refinishing and faint wear from gentle use. Champagne Tritium dial with black subsidiary register rings is in equally excellent condition with matching handset. Signed Crown.
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