Cosmograph Zenith 18kt YG White Diamond Dial 40mm 16528
Chrono24 Buyer Protection
- Payment via Chrono24's Escrow Service
- Authenticity Guarantee
- 14-day money-back guarantee
Shipping and Seller Information
More About This Listing
|Case material||Yellow gold|
|Bracelet material||Yellow gold|
|Year of production||Unknown|
|Condition||(Mint condition, without signs of wear)|
|Scope of delivery||
Original box, no original papers
|Location||United States of America, New York, New York|
|Price||Price on request [Negotiable]|
|Availability||Item is in stock|
|Power reserve||72 h|
|Number of jewels||44|
|Case material||Yellow gold|
|Case diameter||40 mm|
|Water resistance||10 ATM|
|Bezel material||Yellow gold|
|Dial numerals||No numerals|
|Bracelet material||Yellow gold|
|Clasp material||Yellow gold|
Rolex Cosmograph 'Zenith' Daytona 18kt Yellow Gold, Extremely Rare and Unique Factory White Diamond "T Swiss T" Dial with 'Upside Down Six' with Correct 'T Swiss Made T' Signature to Signify the Presence of Tritium Luminous Hands and
Black Chapter Rings, 'DAYTONA' in Red Letters Arching over the 6 O' Clock Subdial, Self-Winding Rolex Caliber 4030 Zenith El Primero Chronograph Automatic Movement,
18kt Yellow Gold Tachymeter Engraved Bezel, Fitted on the Solid Gold 1st Series 78668 Bracelet (pre-fliplock) with Fold-Over Deployant Buckle, 40mm
Ask an experienced watch collector the following question: If you had to sell all your watches and live with just one watch, what would it be? No matter how extensive, high-end, or sophisticated his or her collection maybe, chances are high the immediate reply you’ll receive is, “A Rolex Daytona”. Why, you ask? It’s an iconic, legendary model from the world’s most well-known luxury watch brand, with a timeless design that’s evolved subtly since it was originally introduced nearly 50 years ago in 1963.
With a robust movement equipped with a highly useful chronograph complication, it’s made to be worn daily. Housed in a nearly bulletproof “Oyster” case, it’s tough-as-nails, built to last several generations. Versatile styling makes it suitable for nearly all dress occasions – looking great with jeans or a suit. On top of all that, its resale value is about as good as it gets in the world of watches. The Daytona is a compelling watch if one must boil their collection down to one. Problem is, they’re not easily obtained.
The El Primero Years
In 1988, Rolex introduced a self-winding Daytona, the reference 16520 using a movement based on the Zenith Caliber 4030, originally introduced in 1969, but discontinued for several years until its production was restarted in 1986.
A great movement as manufactured by Zenith, it was the industry’s only self-winding chronograph movement that met Rolex’s high quality standards. Even so, Rolex extensively modified the caliber to its own specification, including:
- A new escapement with a much larger, freely sprung balance and balance spring with Breguet overcoil - a preferred, and more costly configuration for Rolex that leads to higher accuracy.
- A reduction in the balance's oscillation rate from a speedy 36,000 beats per hour to a more relaxed 28,800 beats per houre - requiring less frequent service.
- Elimination of the date function.
Retaining just 50% of the Zenith caliber 400's parts, the final result was the Rolex caliber 4030.
It was an immediate success. Rolex’s timing was perfect – wristwatch collecting was at an all-time high in 1988. With the discontinuation of the manually wound Daytonas, and the excitement surrounding the 16520’s launch, the demand for both models skyrocketed. Dealers and enthusiasts quickly began hoarding the new model, which was produced in limited numbers due to the use of an outsourced movement. They could only be purchased through secondary channels, at prices up to double the suggested retail.
Even though the 16520 incorporated a new movement and was by all measures a spectacular success, for Rolex, one significant weakness remained. Unlike all other movements used by Rolex at the time, the caliber 4030 was not a 100% in-house design. The Daytona, therefore, was the last model in Rolex’s collection to be fitted with a foreign-sourced caliber.
This watch is in perfect collector condition and comes with the Rolex box and literature along with a full two-year extended warranty from date of purchase from our store and an insurance appraisal.
Reference No. 16528
Security on Chrono24 for This Listing
Payment via Chrono24's secure Escrow Service
Thanks to the Chrono24 Escrow Service, your payment is fully covered. We keep your money in our escrow account for 14 days after delivery of your watch. Thus, you have time to carefully inspect your order knowing your money is safe in our account. Only then do we send the money to the dealer.
Our promise: Every new and used watch on Chrono24 is authentic. Our dealers are required to inspect each watch's authenticity and may only list original timepieces. However, should issues arise, you have 14 days upon delivery of your order to contact our support team and get your money back.
14-day money-back guarantee
If the watch arrives and is defective or not as the seller described, you have 14 days to initiate a return and receive your money back.
Strict dealer guidelines
In the interest of security, dealers on our marketplace must follow a strict set of rules. Before a professional dealer can sell on our platform, they must provide us with their photo ID, commercial register entry, business address, and tax number. Furthermore, we require all dealers to follow our strict dealer guidelines.
Dealers ship every order fully insured, so you can make both domestic and international purchases risk-free.
Dissatisfied with your purchase? No worries! Chrono24's secure Escrow Service makes returning your order a breeze. If the watch arrives and is suspicious, defective, or not as the seller described, you have 14 days to initiate a return.
How returns work:
1. Inform Chrono24's support team
2. Ship the watch back to the dealer insured for its full value
3. Receive a refund for the purchase price
What thousands of happy customers are saying about us
TrustScore: "Excellent" with 4.8/5 stars
141,470 reviews from around the globe
Chris Doig Australia
Robert Chouinard United States of America
Rob A Jersey
Peter alexander treml U.S. Virgin Islands
Chrono24's Authenticity Guarantee
Active on Chrono24 since 2008Motion in Time
Watches sold on Chrono24: 456
Trusted Seller since 2008
United States of America
English, Spanish, Rus...
This seller has a retail location
You may also be interested in this dealer's other watches
Do you have any questions?
- On the listing page, click the green "Buy" button.
- Enter your shipping address, and click "Submit order."
- We will send you the payment information as soon as the seller has processed your order.
- The seller will ship your order after you have transferred payment.
- Click on the "Suggest a price" button on the listing page.
- Enter your price suggestion and shipping address so the seller can calculate shipping costs.
- The seller will make you an individualized offer, including shipping costs.
- Accept the offer to order the item.
- We will then send you the payment information so you can pay for your order.
- As soon as your payment arrives, the seller will ship your item.