Rolex Daytona

Rolex Daytona

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, a Daytona is a Daytona, and that is just fine with us.

This particular Reference 116520 dates to circa 2015 and features an excellent stainless steel case with an Oyster bracelet, a white dial with silver subsidiary dial rings, and Rolex's first crack at an in-house, automatic-winding chronograph movement - the Calibre 4130. Additionally, this watch includes its factory warranty card dated 4/28/2015.

Don't miss a chance to pick up this example - it will not last long.

The Daytona Story

The Rolex Daytona. King of the chronographs!

Rolex first started experimenting making chronographs in the 1930s – first known as Cosmographs – which set the mold for what would ultimately evolve into the single best-known chronograph in the world. These early watches, like many chronographs of the period, had monochromatic dials and a tachymeter ring printed on the outer edge of the dial. 

The design of the Cosmograph gradually changed its dial configuration (a shift from monochrome to the "panda" color schemes now closely associated with the model), and a relocation of the tachymetric scale to the bezel, which made it a clear sportsman's watch. In 1964 Rolex added the name Daytona to the model (taken from the 24 Hours of Daytona Race which Rolex started sponsoring in 1962), and its motorsports association was cemented.

The earliest Daytonas relied on that well known manually-wound workhorse movement - the Valjoux 72. But in 1988 Rolex released a Daytona using Zenith's El Primero movement, making the Cosmograph Daytona now worthy of the appellation "Oyster Perpetual." These "Zenith" Daytonas have gained serious traction over the past decade on the vintage chronograph market, with potential to appreciate in value to lofty heights.

Still, Rolex has never been the sort of brand to rely on off the shelf parts for long, so when the Reference 116520 debuted in 2000 at Basel World, it made headlines. This led to the eventual introduction of the current production model, Reference 116500LN, fitted with a black ceramic bezel that is arguably the most in-demand sports watch on the planet.

Whether your taste runs to Pre-Daytona Cosmographs, hand-cranking Valjoux 72 powered models from the 1960s-1980s, or an Automatic Zenith or In-House model, a Rolex Daytona is quite simply a world-class chronograph with a righteous amount of pomp and circumstance justifiably included.


SKU: AS05143

Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 40mm (excluding the crown and pushers). Calibre 4130 automatic-winding chronograph movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 116520. Circa 2015.

Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition showing normal signs of wear throughout. Gloss white Chromalight dial is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed Crown.

Includes stainless steel Oyster bracelet with signed deployant clasp (78590/SEL). Also includes warranty card from Bauer & Co., Ecuador dated 4/28/2015.

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