Cosmograph Zenith 18kt YG White Diamond Dial 40mm 16528
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|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
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