Pre-owned Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116520, with a 40mm Oystersteel case, fixed bezel in steel with tachymetric scale, black dial with Luminova “Chromalight” (blue light) indices and hands, 3 sub-dials: minute counter at 3 o'clock, hour counter at 9 o'clock and small seconds at 6 o'clock. Sapphire crystal and automatic movement calibre 4130. Oyster steel bracelet with folding deployable clasp.
The exterior of the Daytona 116520 is very similar to the previous Ref. 16520. The dial also features text on 5 lines, with the words “OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED”; it has a regular 6, graphics are in baton style. The dial bears the words “SWISS MADE” at 6 o’clock due to the use of Luminova (the previous “T’s” for tritium have disappeared). However, there were some subtle but important changes made, for example the moving of the seconds counter from 9 o'clock to 6 o’clock. The indexes are larger and the counters are now silver plated. The hands became wider from mid 2004 to 2014, and are now known as “Fat Hands”. As legislation changed, and indexes were no longer composed of tritium (a radioactive element), which continuously glows in the dark, but instead of superluminova that recharges itself after being exposed to light. Last series of Daytona (circa 2014-2016) have a dial with a blue Chromalight index in the dark.
Brand-new with stickers, "NOS" (New Old Stock). Complete with original box and papers.
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In 1963 Rolex debuted in the motor racing competition with the Cosmograph Daytona line with the Ref. 6239. The early models and later production for the next 25 years since its launch, were fitted with manual-winding movements from external manufacturers.
The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520 was introduced in 2000 at BaselWorld Fair. And this watch represented the first completely new in-house movement that Rolex had designed in more than 50 years: the fully-integrated self-winding chronograph function called calibre 4130. This calibre was the result of years of development and was designed to improve accuracy and reliability of the Daytona. The calibre 4130 is a self-winding mechanical chronograph movement, C.O.S.C. certified with a 72-hour power reserve. It offers 28.800 alternations per hour at 4Hz.
The Ref. 116520 was produced from 2000 until 2016, when the part-ceramic 116500LN debuted in 2016.
Other small differences are the slightly longer lugs and polishing on the top side of the case instead of the brushed finish.
Apart from small variations according to the period, the tachymetric bezel of the steel 116520 remains the same: graduated from 60 to 400 units, the phrase “UNITS PER HOUR” is located at the 1 o’clock position and “240” is noted.
The bezel inside is engraved as of 2004 with the serial number at 6 o’clock.
The watch has a bracelet model 78590: the bracelet has a polished shiny central link and satin polished exteriors. It is originally constructed with 13 links.
The Rolex certificate was changed from paper to credit card style in 2008.
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