Rolex "Zenith" Daytona
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
You already know the Daytona story, so we won't go regurgitating it yet again. We've yet to meet any collector or enthusiast who doesn't desire one for their collection, and for good reason. Rolex's brilliant motorsports chronograph is a winner in any variant, vintage or modern. And while current ones admittedly don't generally do as much for us as a nicely-aged example, this one might be the exception to the rule.
What you're looking at is a Reference 16520 Cosmograph, affectionally known as the "Zenith Daytona" due to its internal automatic chronograph mechanism that is based on the world-famous high beat El Primero movement. For those who may not know, Rolex didn't actually offer an in-house automatic chronograph movement in the Daytona line until 2000, and since leaving the manual-winding Valjoux based movements on which they were founded in 1988, relied on Zenith to provide the internals for their flagship chronograph.
"Zenith Daytonas" were made for a little over a decade, and have already become incredibly desirable by collectors. With near-perfect proportions, the 16520 has become an icon unto itself, and this particular example is as good as they get! With only light signs of wear, this example features a white dial with black rings circling the subsidiary registers, evoking just the right amount of "panda" to be a nod if not an outright homage in our minds. Manufactured near the end of the model run in the late 1990s, this model has an "A" Serial and features all of its original kit, including booklets, guarantee paperwork, inner and outer boxes (with original tissue!) and hang tags.
It has been speculated by many that the Zenith Daytona - particularly the white dial models - may be the single greatest modern Rolex with a huge potential for appreciation.
We're not going to suggest otherwise.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Rolex "Zenith" Daytona