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Rolex Daytona Patrizzi dial ref 16520 circa 1996


rolex Patrizzi vintage times

Rolex Daytona Patrizzi dial zenith movement
  • full original condition
  • with rolex service
  • 2 year international guarantee


Rolex Daytona ‘Patrizzi’ dial wristwatch from the 1990’s

Rolex Daytona Patrizzi dial from the 1990’s in perfect condition. The watch remains in full original condition and has been fully serviced at the Rolex service centre this year. This Rolex Daytona Patrizzi comes with 2 years international guarantee, booklets and the Rolex service certificate.

Patrizzi dial

The Rolex Daytona patrizzi dial is called so since Osvaldo Patrizzi discovered that his black dial Daytona 16520 had a miraculous color change on the subdials after he took it out of his safe after several years. The subdials which are originally silver turned into a nice brown color over the years. Since his discovering collectors are referring to these attractive black dials as ‘patrizzi dials’.

It seems that the reason for this discoloration of the subdials is due an error in the ‘zapon’ lacquer used by Rolex for these particular dials. It only appears on Rolex Daytona watches from certain years. This S series Daytona from the mid 1990’s is one of the series which happens to have this effect which looks stunning and is highly appreciated by collectors.

Rolex 16520 Daytona

The Rolex 16520 Daytona is one of the most collectible rolex watches these days, its actually the first Daytona model featuring an automatic movement and sapphire crystal, the 4030 caliber used by Rolex is often referred to as the Zenith movement because the movement is based on the famous Zenith El Primero movement. It has been further modified by Rolex and developed by the highest standards of chronograph movements. This Rolex Daytona Patrizzi watch has been fully serviced at Rolex and has been carefully checked without changing any crucial parts like dial, bezel, pushers and hands.


The condition of the watch can be considered as very well preserved. Besides the fact it has been fully serviced it remains in very good condition. The watch has the original bracelet with minimal stretch and signs of wearing, the case is very strong and has not been over polished. The lugs remains in perfect shape as well as the bezel and crown protectors. Furthermore the watch remains the original tritium hands and beautiful black patrizzi dial which shows a beautiful patina.


The watch comes with two year international rolex guarantee, we ship worldwide and also trade in vintage timepieces. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding this Rolex Daytona Patrizzi dial. We are happy to answer all your questions


Watch Details

Rolex Daytona Cosmograph
Black Patrizzi dial
4030 caliber movement
full original condition
fully serviced at Rolex
2 year international guarantee
without box / with original service papers


About our company

Vintage Times is specialized in vintage timepieces and unique wristwatches. In our philosophy a wristwatch is a precious and valuable piece of jewelry for men. Watches are seen as an investment today but most important is that a watch is a pleasure to wear on the wrist. At Vintage Times we like rare timepieces, they could be rare simply because there aren’t made much of a certain model or rare because it has been preserved in outstanding condition for its age. We buy and sell brands as Patek Philippe, Rolex, Cartier and Longines but also love less known brand from high-end quality like Gübelin, Movado and other high end Swiss watch brands.

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