*Like New* 1999 Rolex Daytona (Ref. 16520) Black Dial "Mk. V" W/ Guarantee Paper
First introduced in 1963 the Rolex Daytona has always been the most sought after chronograph. Designed with professional racecar drivers in mind, the Daytona’s precision chronograph and tachymeter bezel allowed drivers to accurately measure speeds up to 400 kilometers or miles per hour. The release of the Daytona came just after Rolex had become the official timekeeper of the Daytona racetrack and the name evolved as a way for the brand to highlight their connection to the celebrated race.
Early Daytona models featured a manual-wind Valjoux 72 column-wheel chronograph movement. This was in use until 1988 when Rolex released the Ref. 16500 with an automatic “self-winding” movement. Rolex outsourced this moment, utilizing the Zenith 400 movement, originally manufactured for the “Zenith El-Primero.” For use in the Ref. 16500, Rolex required approximately 200 modifications to the Zenith movement, which remained in use for twelve years. As a result, Daytona’s from this period are commonly referred to as “Zenith Daytonas.” In this reference, Rolex also incorporated more durable sapphire crystals, helping to increase the depth rating to a guaranteed 100m or 330ft.
|Dial||Black Mk. V|
|Strap||Rolex Oyster 78390A Bracelet W/ 803B Solid End Pieces|
The unpolished case is almost unworn with only some light superficial markings, retaining the original factory finishing on the sides and tops of the lugs. The "Units Per Hour" stainless steel bezel is stunning and is in almost unworn condition. The screw-down pushers and crown remain original and unworn. The case back is unworn, retaining its original green Rolex case back sticker in perfect condition. The original bracelet retains 13 links and shows no wear, still retaining its original clasp sticker.
The glossy black Mk. 5 Daytona dial is flawless. The luminova markers and hands are flawless and matching.
The watch retains its original Rolex guarantee papers. The watch is running at COSC Spec, extended service history is unknown