Single-owner watch, of interest to collectors and fresh from Rolex service : an early, stainless steel Rolex “Zenith” Cosmograph DAYTONA with “inverted 6” dial! Stainless steel Cosmograph Daytona model 16520 with E49xxxx case number from approx 1991. Fitted with classic Oyster 78360 bracelet (as many early ones were) on 503 end-links, its “N4” clasp date code suggesting this is original to the watch. Has black / “inverted 6” dial (click through main picture for more images). In excellent condition with minimal signs of age to the dial / hands and a sensitively polished bezel. Comes with a period Rolex box-set and very rare, correct COSMOGRAPH Daytona booklet in English with print-code from 1990, depicting the earliest examples with “floating text” dial (which preceded this version). That booklet alone sells for hundreds of pounds! It also has a green document-holder, red swing-tag and two Rolex UK service slips: one from September 1998 and the other from December 2020, when it had a comprehensive overhaul costing £900. The Rolex service stickers and bezel protector are still in place! There is also a certificate from the ALR Watch Register confirming that we checked the watch with them (Rolex UK will also have checked it against their own records, before service). These early versions of the first automatic Daytona, with Zenith-based 4030 calibre movement, have proved particularly popular with a growing generation of collectors. While a Rolex UK service can make many watches look fantastic, this one also went unworn for about ten years. As the seller explained, he thought he had lost it for that long — only for it finally to turn up on top of the wardrobe, where he had put it for safety when decorating a decade before!
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