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Price Guide: Rolex Daytona Evolution

Here’s a market update for three generations of the Rolex Daytona. Which is your favorite?

The reference 16520 is known as the “Zenith Daytona” due to its usage of a chronograph movement provided by Zenith. It had quite a long production run from about 1988 to 2000. In that year, Rolex introduced its own in-house chronograph movement in the updated reference 116520. It was again updated and a ceramic bezel was introduced in 2016, with the release of the reference 116500LN.

Daytonas command some of the highest premiums on the secondary market among Rolex models. In particular, the 16520 has seen significant growth of almost 40% over the past year. Does the Daytona live up to the hype?

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