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|Scope of delivery:||Original box, no original papers|
This dealer is unavailable until 2019 Jul 22.
|Condition||Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)|
|Scope of delivery||Original box, no original papers|
|Location||United Kingdom, Hertfordshire|
|Power reserve||52 h|
|Number of jewels||31|
|Case diameter||40 mm|
|Water resistance||10 ATM|
|Bezel material||Yellow gold|
|Dial numerals||No numerals|
|Lug width||20 mm Size guide|
Thank you for looking at this stunning Rolex Daytona, Cosmograph - Steel and gold, with Zenith movement.
The Cosmograph Daytona, introduced in 1963, was designed to meet the demands of professional racing drivers.
An icon eternally joined in name and function to the high performance world of motor sport. Fifty years after its creation, the Cosmograph Daytona remains in a class of its own among sport chronographs.
The Daytona story really begins with a very famous auto racer, Sir Malcom Campbell, also known as The Speed King. In his Blue Bird race cars, Sir Malcom Campbell set many land-speed records both in Europe and at a racetrack in a little-known Florida city called Daytona Beach. He set many of these records driving on the beach sand, rather than a traditional track.
Sir Malcolm Campbell's exploits caught the attention of Hans Wilsdorf who wanted Campbell as the Rolex Ambassador. While the first Rolex Ambassador is generally said to be Mercedes Glietze, Ambassador Malcom Campbell soon eclipsed her in scope, appearing on behalf of Rolex for years. The company even produced a Malcolm Campbell Rolex model in honor of the iconic racecar driver.
A second important figure in the Rolex Daytona story is William France, Sr., another racer with a love for the Daytona beaches. Willliam France grew up racing his family's Model T Ford rather than going to school, and moved to Daytona in 1935. When Malcolm Campbell left for the Bonneville Salt Flats, France was responsible for taking over and managing the racetrack as well as making and breaking new racing records there. He continued the Rolex tradition as well the legend of fantastic racing.
We have not wandered as far as it may seem from the Rolex Daytona. The evolution of the Daytona Speedway in many ways reflects the love Rolex has always had for the sport. By the 1960s, Rolex was inextricably linked with the Daytona raceway, worn by such legendary racers as Junior Johnson and, of course, Paul Newman.
The Cosmograph Daytona allows drivers to measure elapsed time and read average speeds on its trademark tachymetric bezel and evokes a place — Daytona, Florida — where passion for speed and racing flourished in the early 20th century, a place whose name is logically assumed.
As a result, it embodies the historic and privileged bonds between Rolex and motor sport, which was strengthened in 2013 by the brand’s entry into the world of Formula 1 racing as Global Partner and Official Timepiece.
This is a legendary watch, from a legendary brand, using a legendary movement. From 1988 to end of 1999, Rolex used Zenith’s El Primero movement doing business as the Rolex Calibre 4030.
Rolex used the Zenith movement because they believed it to be the best chronograph movement available at the time and better than anything they could produce in-house.
Rolex Daytonas are the real collector's market! This watch is from 1999 making it the last of the Zenith movement Daytona’s. This makes it a sought-after model and thus a great investment as they become more scarce. Collectors – do not hesitate to snap this one up!
This watch is in perfect working order and close to MINT condition for its age. No heavy scratches and no dings. Just very light day-to-day fine lines. The watch is keeping great time and looking stunning!
It has the original box (but no papers)
The reference is: 16523 / U158754
It is sized at 40mm x 12.5mm (and 47.5mm lug to lug). This makes it big enough to feel modern, but slim enough to be worn under a shirt sleeve or blazer.
The watch wears easy on both big and slim wrists and is a perfectly versatile watch meaning it looks as good in the board room as it does around the pool (and anything in between)
Rolex 79393L – Solid end links. Solid outer links, hollow centre links
904L Stainless steel
This makes the watch sought after by watch collectors and a great investment opportunity as well as an amazing watch to wear and own.
Constant seconds at 9 o’clock
Column wheel chronograph but with lateral clutch (so centre hand not to be left running as a general second hand
Breguet over-coil hairspring for improved durability and resistance to shock and watch position induced timing variations
52hr power reserve
A tough and durable watch
COSC chronometer certificate
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