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Pre-owned Daytona Zenith Black Dial 16520
$22,995
+ $49 for shipping
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Rolex Daytona
Pre-owned Daytona Zenith White Dial 16520
$23,500
+ $49 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Zenith "Patrizzi"
$28,600
+ $39 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Zenith White Dial Unpolished Stainless Steel 16520
$23,999
Free shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520 NOS Like New A Serial
$53,000
Free shipping
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Rolex Daytona
16520 (A-Serial)
$25,065
+ $272 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520
$72,500
+ $50 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520
Price on request
+ $75 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520 Zenith
$26,950
+ $75 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Zenith 16520 Black Dial W Serial RSC Papers
$24,995
+ $29 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph Daytona ref.16520 w/'Porcelain' Dial
$96,700
Free shipping
Rolex Daytona
Zenith 16520 Black Dial 2000 Box & Papers MUST SEE
$57,500
+ $50 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520 Zenith A Series
$30,064
+ $334 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph Daytona Zenith Inverted 6/Six Stainless Steel Box Papers 1993 Model 16520
$37,340
Free shipping
Rolex Daytona
Pre-Owned Daytona Zenith Stainless Steel Black Dial on Oyster [with BOX] 40mm
$24,995
+ $65 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Zenith Ref. 16520 - U Serial - Good Condition
$25,458
+ $278 for shipping
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Rolex Daytona
Chronograph W-Series Zenith 16520
$21,845
+ $889 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520
$24,500
+ $75 for shipping
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Rolex Daytona
very good | U-Serie
$23,335
+ $556 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
1997 Rolex Daytona 16520 Zenith White Dial Unpolished Great Condition
$28,900
+ $65 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Ref.16520 - Ser.W - Patrizzi Dial - Year 1996
$26,681
+ $222 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520 Zenith Bianco White Weiss Dial Full Set Mint condition U28xxxx serial
$28,238
+ $389 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520 - U serial - Swiss made & SEL
$25,458
+ $67 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
1991 Daytona Zenith Tritium dial reference 16520
$24,902
Free shipping
Rolex Daytona
Zenith 16520 A-Serie LC100 Unpolished Full Set
$42,412
+ $889 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Zenith Ref. 16520 Ser. U with Rolex Service 07/2022
$29,238
+ $222 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
U-Series | good Condition
$22,779
+ $556 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Stainless Steel Zenith White Dial Rolex Service Card Unpolished Year 1991
$27,500
Free shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520 Daytona Zenith
$31,406
+ $834 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520 Zenith Black Nero Schwarz "unpolished" EU warranty Full Set 1998 Mint
$27,682
+ $389 for shipping

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Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph Daytona 40mm Stainless Steel - Black Dial - Oyster Bracelet 16520
$23,470
Free shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520 Zenith A Serie
$44,357
+ $100 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Zenith 16520 White Dial A Serial 1999
$26,959
+ $67 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
ref. 16520 White Dial - Ser. U Zenith Movement
$26,670
+ $332 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520
$24,169
Excl. shipping
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Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph Daytona "Never polished"
$29,207
+ $278 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Patrizzi "W Series"
$95,476
+ $195 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520
$35,575
+ $121 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
ZENITH INVERTED SIX
$30,016
+ $556 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Zenith 16520 Black Dial Mint Conditions T Serial Full Set 1997
$33,796
+ $334 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520 WD A-Serie
$41,022
Free shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520 Seriale R Full Set 200 Bezel Very Rare
$94,496
+ $128 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
MINT Condition Daytona Steel Zenith White Dial 16520
$42,675
+ $99 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Seriale W Patrizi mai lucidato
$44,467
+ $1,111 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
ZENITH 16520 Papers 1996
$34,423
+ $77 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Ref. 16520 Full Set 1998
$35,575
+ $222 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Patrizzi Dial Serial T
$50,027
+ $121 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520
$28,999
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Rolex Daytona
16520
$26,681
+ $310 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
A serial
$19,412
+ $102 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
LC100 | Fullset | ORIGINAL
$29,338
+ $556 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph Zenith Prototype Arabic
$194,550
+ $56 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
PAPERS Rolex Daytona Cosmograph White ZENITH Stainless Steel 40mm 16520 B+P
$25,993
+ $299 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Zenith 16520 - 6 Inverted White Dial - L5 Serial - Full Set - Never Polished
$41,133
+ $111 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Zenith "Patrizi Light" Rolex Revision
$36,131
+ $221 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520
Price on request
+ $25 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Zenith Ref. 16520 Floating Dial R9 Year 1988
$61,144
+ $167 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
16520
$22,233
+ $222 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
TOP Vintage 1991 Daytona MK3 Zenith E Serial Full Set LC160 Inverted 6
$44,413
+ $332 for shipping
Rolex Daytona
Zenith Like new
$28,905
+ $389 for shipping

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More Information About the Rolex Daytona Zenith - 16520

Basic Info
Brand Rolex
Model Daytona
Reference number 16520
Alternative reference numbers ref. 16520, 16520 SEL
Movement Automatic
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Steel
Year of production 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location France; Germany; Italy; Japan; United States of America
Caliber
Movement Automatic
Caliber/movement 4030
Case
Case material Steel
Case diameter 40.0 mm
Water resistance 10 ATM
Crystal Sapphire crystal
Dial Black, Brown, White
Bracelet/strap
Bracelet material Steel
Bracelet color Black, Silver, Steel
Clasp material Steel
Functions
Functions Chronograph, Date, Flyback, Tachymeter, Year

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 16520

The Rolex Daytona ref. 16520 was the first Daytona to have an automatic caliber. Also known as the "Zenith Daytona," this model is very popular among collectors. The version with the rare "Pitrizzi" dial fetches particularly favorable prices.

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Daytona With a Zenith Caliber

Rolex released the Cosmograph Daytona ref. 16520 in 1988. It is the first Daytona to be equipped with an automatic chronograph caliber and a sapphire crystal. The 40-mm case is crafted from 904L stainless steel, otherwise known as Oystersteel, and is relatively thin at just 12 mm thick. Lug-to-lug, the watch measures in at around 47 mm, making it a great option for slimmer wrists. ​

Similar to the majority of Daytona models, the chronograph push-pieces on the 16520 are screwed down to prevent them from being operated involuntarily. You can also take this reference swimming, as it offers water resistance to 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft). In true Daytona fashion, this model sports a steel bezel with a black tachymeter scale.

Inside the case, you'll find the Rolex caliber 4030. This movement is based on the world-famous El Primero from fellow Swiss luxury watch manufacturer Zenith. This is also where the reference got its nickname as the "Zenith Daytona." It was only in the year 2000 that Rolex started using in-house calibers in the Daytona collection, starting with the ref. 116520.

The Daytona 16520 is available with a black or white dial. During its 22-year production period, only a handful of changes were made to the dial design, all of which related to inscriptions and lettering. Otherwise, Rolex made a few minor tweaks to the watch, some of which can be found in the bracelet. In order to distinguish between the different variants, they are divided into the categories Mark I to Mark VIII.

Collectors pine after the rare copies with the "Patrizzi" dial, which found their way into the Daytona Mark IV and Mark V series during a brief period in the mid-1990s. The subdials have faded to a brown color, and instead of being considered a production mistake, are actually extremely popular and valuable.

Rolex pairs the Daytona 16520 with the well-known three-piece link Oyster bracelet. Until the early 1990s, the bracelet was completely satin-finished; it wasn't until the Mark IV that the watch received an Oyster bracelet with polished center links. Around the turn of the millennium, Rolex also introduced solid end links (SEL).

Prices for the Daytona 16520

  • 57,000 USD – black "Patrizzi dial" (new)
  • 39,000 USD – black "Patrizzi dial" (pre-owned)
  • 39,500 USD – black dial (new)
  • 35,000 USD – white dial (new)
  • 28,000 USD – white dial (pre-owned)
  • 25,500 USD – black dial (pre-owned)

Rolex Daytona 16520: Financial Performance

As expected, the value development for the Rolex Daytona 16520 is positive. Since spring 2022, its value has dropped, but prices were at an all-time high at that point. Considering the period from January 2021 and January 2023, the following trends emerge:

At the beginning of 2023, a new Daytona 16520 with a black dial cost around 39,500 USD. Back in January 2021, this value was closer to 27,000 USD, and thus corresponds to an increase of 46%. Pre-owned copies appreciated by around 27% and now demand roughly 25,500 USD. The white dial version has recorded similar financial performance.

Variants with the "Patrizzi" dial have not experienced such a drastic increase in value: Mint-condition models have, however, still appreciated by about 15%, while pre-owned watches rose by over 16% and now change hands for around the 39,000 USD mark.


About the Caliber 4030

While the Rolex caliber 4030 is based on the Zenith El Primero 400, the manufacturer made a host of changes to the movement, which warranted it being designated as an in-house creation. For example, the Swiss manufacturer slowed the high-speed movement from 36,000 to a more leisurely 28,800 vph, a standard speed for modern mechanical movements. Rolex also opted for a free-sprung Breguet hairspring and its signature Microstella screws to regulate the oscillation of the balance wheels.

Reasons to Buy a Rolex Daytona 16520

  • First Daytona with automatic caliber 4030
  • Rare "Patrizzi" dial is coveted among collectors
  • Sporty Oyster bracelet
  • Water resistant to 100 m (10 bar, 328 ft)
  • Available with a black or white dial