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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 16523 Steel and Yellow Gold Slate Dial "Zenith" (2000) *NOS* [ID15278]

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  • Product ID:
    15278
  • Brand:
    Rolex
  • Model:
    Cosmograph Daytona
  • Reference:
    16523
  • Year:
    2000
  • Movement:
    Cal. 4030 "Zenith"
  • Case material:
    Steel and yellow gold
  • Bracelet:
    78393A/ 703 B/ 12 links
  • Bezel:
    Yellow gold
  • Diameter:
    40mm
  • Glass:
    Sapphire
  • Dial:
    Slate
  • Box:
    Yes
  • Papers:
    Yes
  • Serial Number:
    A85...
  • Clasp Code:
    X12
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Product details:

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 16523 Steel and Yellow Gold Slate Dial "Zenith" "Serial A" (2000)

*NOS (New Old Stock) Condition, Unworn*
**Full Set**


Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ref. 16523, with a 40mm steel and yellow gold ("Yellow Rolesor") Oyster case, fixed bezel in yellow gold with tachymetric scale, screw down crown and pushers in yellow gold, gray slate "SWISS MADE"  dial with Luminova indices and hands and 3 yellow gold sub-dials: minute counter at 3 o'clock, hour counter at 6 o'clock and small seconds at 9 o'clock. Sapphire crystal and automatic movement calibre 4030 "Zenith". Steel and yellow gold with a very beautiful reddish patina Oyster bracelet with folding deployable clasp.

The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona "Zenith" takes its nickname from the fact that it’s powered by a Zenith "El Primero" calibre.

On the Daytona "Zenith", the dials were now lacquered and glossy. They also featured applied metal hour markers inlaid with luminous material. And the sub-dials were ringed with a metallic edge. Protecting this new dial was a sapphire crystal, used for the first time on a Rolex Daytona.

As it is always the case, Rolex has made subtle tweaks to the Daytona "Zenith" over its lifetime. Most of these concerns the finishing or the text on the dial. The Ref. 1652x A series has a Luminova dial (Luminova was used in the markers and hands), which is consistent with the watch’s late serial production. The dial also features text on 5 lines, with the words "OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED" reappearing after having disappeared.


Unworn, never polished. With original box and papers.


Read more about this watch...

In 1963 Rolex debuted in the motor racing competition with the Cosmograph Daytona line with the Ref. 6239. The early models and later production in the next 25 years since its launch, were fitted with manual-winding movements from external manufacturers.

The Valjoux calibre 72 chronograph movement customized by Rolex got the name calibre 72B, later calibre 722, before the upgraded calibre 727 took its place around 1970. Towards mid to late 80’s though, there was a clear trend towards self-winding watches. The thing was that creating a self-winding chronograph movement from scratch is no easy feat. Rolex needed a solution and it came in the form of the Zenith "El Primero" calibre 400, considered the best self-winding chronograph movement available on the market, becoming the clear choice for Rolex who only partnered with the best.

However, Rolex didn’t went through a direct transplant of the "El Primero" calibre into the Daytona and called it a day. Instead, extensive modifications were undertaken to align the new movement with Rolex’s requirements. This evolved movement went by the name
calibre 4030. It became the forerunner to the first self-winding chronograph movement produced in-house by Rolex: the mighty calibre 4130 that still powers today’s modern ceramic Daytona models.

Alongside the self-winding movement, Rolex featured several aesthetic updates on the Daytona "Zenith". Most significant was the increase in case size. Whilst previous models had the smaller size of 37mm, the new reference 16520 was a more masculine and sturdy in 40mm, bringing the Daytona in-line with the other professional watches in the Rolex line-up such as the Submariner and the GMT-Master.

The bracelets have had their folding buckle and their end links evolve over time as well. Last series of the bracelet (1999/2000) have polished center links and solid end links (SEL) and a "flip-lock" clasp.

The Oyster case is equipped with screwed pushers, completely waterproofed.

Combining highly resistant materials as steel and yellow gold ("Yellow Rolesor"), this spectacular two-tone timepiece is the perfect companion for any sports or sophisticated occasion. The contrast of its slate dial and yellow gold markers are a complete delight to the eyes. Being the most sought after model among Rolex enthusiasts and collectors, this Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116523 in Steel and Yellow Gold Slate Dial dazzles with an aggressive and sporty air but also ultra elegant, suitable for those willing to catch everyone's attention. Only true collectors know that this unique timepiece is one that cannot be missed in their personal collection.
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