Pre-owned Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 116520
, with a 40mm Oystersteel case, fixed bezel in steel with tachymetric scale, white "SWISS MADE" dial with Superluminova 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. Oystersteel bracelet with folding deployable clasp with "Easylink" extension system.
The Ref. 116520 was produced from 2000 until 2016, when the part-ceramic 116500LN debuted in 2016. 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 are wider for series from 2004 to 2014, what we now call "Fat hands"
. 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. Some of the latest series of dial
s are nicknamed "APH"
because of the "COSMOGR APH" inscription given the small space before "APH", there is no actual plausible explanation except that this was generally observed on the latest series. However, we can say that this new inscription corresponds to new dials using Superluminova (as opposed to Luminova).
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 serial number is engraved on the inside flange (or "rehaut" as it's called in French) between the dial and the crystal.
Mint condition, last series. Complete with original box and papers.
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Rolex debuted the Cosmograph Daytona line back in 1963, with the Ref. 6239. And for the next 25 years, these watches were all fitted with manual-winding movements.
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 has 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.