Rolex is notoriously tight in releasing new watch references, and even more so when the upgrade is mechanical, and not cosmetic. Most modern Rolex, especially the most successful ones like the Daytona or the Submariner, often remain in production for more than a decade, so when a new reference is released to replace the previous one, you can expect the change will be huge.
Such was the case with the Daytona 116520, introduced in 2000 and set to outdate the much loved 16520, the first automatic chronograph in the history of Rolex. The release was nothing short of disruptive: if, in 1988, the first automatic Daytona was powered by a Zenith-based caliber, this time we saw an all new automatic movement developed by Rolex and entirely manufactured in-house. The new caliber 4130 was so reliable, accurate and contemporary that it is still found into the contemporary ceramic Daytonas with only minor modifications.
The present watch appears virtually unmolested, with a tight Oyster bracelet still clearly showing the difference in finishing between the center and the side rows, a bezel with deep an sharp engravings and a perfect dial, with no stains nor patina. Delivered as a full set, it is a truly time-capsule example of the first Rolex in-house chronograph, and most importantly of a reference that is still a sleeper on today's market.
Case: 40mm stainless steel Movement: Automatic, cal. 4130, 44 jewels Reference: 116520 Year: 2005 Box: Yes Documents: Original papers
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