I am energized and regarded to compose my first article for Fratello Magazine. I have been pondering the principal point to discuss and, eventually, I chose to expound on the famous Rolex Daytona ref. 16520.

Because from my perspective, this model truly hangs out throughout the entire existence of Rolex and addresses one of the watches whose worth expanded more throughout the long term. In 1988, after the ceased creation of the manual winding Cosmograph, Rolex dispatched the main references of oneself twisting chronograph with sapphire precious stone available: 16520 for the treated steel model, 16523 for the steel and gold model, and 16528 for the gold model.

Rolex 16520-Mark 1 to 8

The fundamental qualities of the ref. 16520 are waterproof screw-down catches, a Triplock winding crown, water-protection from 100 meters, a self-winding development, and a sapphire gem. The reference 16520 addresses the primary self-winding Oyster chronograph with a sapphire precious stone throughout the entire existence of Rolex. It is controlled by the type 4030.

A steel bezel is engraved with a “units each hour” scale. The main models had a scale graduated up to 200 units each hour. This changed after about a year to 400 units each hour with the halfway alignment of 225. Since 1989/1990 the bezel has been graduated to 400 units each hour, however with a transitional time period units somewhere in the range of 200 and 240. The watch market and authorities worldwide have become critical with regards to distinguishing little contrasts between the different watches. Considering that, let’s investigate a few dial varieties for the ref. 16520.

With the help of the most recent Mondani Book ” “, how about we experience all various cycles of this reference, or ‘Mark’- series:


It is nicknamed “drifting dial” and it includes a 5-line dial. The fifth (floating) line is further away from the others (gliding. The typeface has highlighted serifs, a modified 6, and tritium lume. This visual computerization sports a one of a kind component. The two “Operating system” in CHRONOMETER vary from one another — the first is smaller and the subsequent one is more extensive. An extremely uncommon adaptation of the Mk I dial with a gleaming foundation is alluded to as the “porcelain dial”. The word DAYTONA isn’t red like on the Mk I, yet a lighter shade more like coral.

Until around 1994 the number 6 was modified (9) – from sequential S to sequential W-


A 4-line dial, with a modified 6, implement style composing (without or nearly without serifs), and tritium radiant material.



A 5-line dial, with an upset 6, a typeface with expressive serifs, and tritium lume. The trademark “descending” serifs of the letters “L” and “E” in the word ROLEX must be found in this Mk and in the illustrations of the past Mk I and Mk II.

MARK 3 Variant 1

The upper composing is indistinguishable from the past cycle. The lone distinction is in the word “DAYTONA,” which is printed without serifs.


A 5-line dial, with a modified 6, and stick style composing. The word DAYTONA has no serifs, the letters “C” and “O” in SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED COSMOGRAPH are rounder than on the Mk III. This dial utilizes tritium. The imprint 4 has 3 more variants.


A 5-line dial, with an ordinary 6, twirly doo style composing (counting the word DAYTONA), expanded dispersing among OYSTER and PERPETUAL. The typeface of the three sub-registers has changed.


Mark 6 is the last dial with tritium. Its typeface is indistinguishable from the past Mark, yet each of the 5 lines are in an alternate position (put higher up on the dial).



Similar to the past dial (the five lines of text stay in their elevated position), however it just bears the words SWISS MADE because of the utilization of luminova (the “T’s” for tritium have vanished). The dispersing among OYSTER and PERPETUAL is decreased, the words DAYTONA and SWISS MADE are smaller. Illustrations are in twirly doo style.



Identical to the past Mark, however with expanded separating among OYSTER and PERPETUAL; the words DAYTONA and SWISS MADE are more extensive divided also.

The Patrizzi Dial

The “Patrizzi dial” merits specific consideration since it is one of the most uncommon and most costly varieties. A Patrizzi dial is a Rolex Daytona Reference 16520 with a dial that highlights counters that have oxidized and turned earthy colored. The name “Patrizzi” comes from the way that Osvaldo, along with my father, was the first to see this shading change process.

The change of shading, which is tastefully satisfying and makes an intriguing patina impact. It is because of the way that Rolex has consistently utilized natural stains for its dials. At the point when these dials were not adequately secured by a straightforward layer of “zapon,” the silver contained in these stains oxidized. This happens in view of a response with the sulfur noticeable all around). The cost for a Patrizzi Dial today is around €35,000-€40,000 if both the crate and papers are available. However, if it’s not too much trouble, be cautious, the web today is brimming with counterfeit Patrizzi dials: Dials that have been cooked in the broiler or matured by some other fake means.

The Porcelain Dial

The most costly variety of the ref. 16520 is the “Porcelain dial” with five lines of text: These watches are incredibly uncommon and can accomplish a cost of €120,000-€140,000 if complete with box and papers.

In general, the Rolex Daytona ref. 16520 addresses the ideal illustration of a watch which additionally is a wise speculation, yet you need to have clear and right data prior to purchasing or selling. In the event that you need to find out about it (and more Daytonas), if it’s not too much trouble, examine our new Book “ “. You can for more Rolex content.