Circa: 1995
Movement: Automatic, Cal. 4030, 31 jewels
Dial: Black, "tropical" chapter rings
Case: Stainless steel, screw back, inside case back stamped 16500, 39mm diam.
Accompanied By: Rolex Oyster stainless steel bracelet with deployant clasp stamped 78390, V6, overall length approx. 7 inches, Rolex International Guarantee stamped by British retailer Lyons Jeweller and dated 1 August 1997
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Launched at the Basel Fair in 1988, the reference 16520 was the first chronograph of the Rolex manufacture encompassing an automatic movement derived from a Zenith ébauche. Built with a larger case than its predecessors and a sapphire-crystal glass, the wristwatch encountered great success and throughout the years has become an icon amongst Rolex collectors.

Offered in very good overall condition, the present reference 16520 further impresses with its attractive Mark IV dial with slight tropical brown subsidiary registers of even colour.

The original white chapter rings have reacted to sunlight and other environmental factors and have turned into shades of brown. This phenomena is believed to occur exclusively on Daytona watches manufactured between 1993 and 1997, such as the present timepiece.

For another example of a reference 16520 Daytona with tropical registers see The Ultimate Daytona by Pucci Papaleo, pp. 556-559.

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