1997 Rolex Daytona Ref. 16528 "Zenith Era" 18k YG Black Dial

The Rolex Daytona model, since its start of production, has been leading the forefront as the most desirable chronograph in production. This is due to the overall precision of Rolex manufacturing that seamlessly incorporates into the complexity of a chronograph watch. All previous Rolex chronographs were a manual wind, and not until 1988 did Rolex release the Ref. 16500, which features an automatic "self-winding" movement for their headliner sports watch. Rolex decided to outsource for their movement in this reference using the Zenith 400 movement originally manufactured for the "Zenith El-Primero. They used this movement as the basis then fortified it, performing approximately 200 modifications to the base movement to meet the prestigious expectations of the Wilsdorf group. This created the workhorse Rolex 4030 movement that was put in production for an era of 12 years. In this reference Rolex also incorporated the more resilient sapphire crystals, being a contributing factor to the increased depth rating guaranteed at 100m or 330ft

This specific reference holds dearly to an evolutionary era of the Rolex Daytona Chronographs, making for a highly collectible and gorgeous timepiece built to withstand generations of use. This specific piece is a stunning example making for a perfect statement piece in a casual setting or more subtly worn under a suit for any dress occasion.


Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Daytona
Model 16528
Serial U5XXXXX
Size Men's
Material 18k Yellow Gold
Dial Black
Millimeters 40
Strap 18K Yellow Gold 78398 Oyster Bracelet with 103 Solid Endlinks 



The 18k yellow gold case has previously been polished but shows little signs of wear and still retains full clean lugs. The 18k yellow gold bracelet is in beautiful condition exhibiting almost no stretch, this is especially rare for a bracelet made of a higher grade precious metal.


The stunning black dial has been untouched and is in gorgeous condition. The YG surrounds create a highly visible contrast making this piece absolutely stunning when worn on the wrist.


None. The watch is running at COSC Spec.