Rolex Daytona Patrizzi Reference 16520
A 1996 specimen, accompanied by all the necessary documentation (and in mint condition), will be auctioned tomorrow by Faraone Casa d'Aste
Faraone Casa d'Aste offers an opportunity that cannot be missed to all Daytona's die-hard fans and watch collectors alike. They are going to auction tomorrow a reference 16520, which means a lot whether you're either familiar with collecting watches or not. The Rolex Daytona Patrizzi reference 16520 (with steel case and bracelet), as known as Daytona Patrizzi, is with no doubt one of the most sought after Rolex Daytona (honestly not my cup of tea as I'd rather put my money on a Rolex Daytona Gold and Ceramic with Oysterflex bracelet) of the modern era, the one that began in 1988, i.e. the year the Geneva based brand launched their first automatic Daytona, equipped with caliber 4030, a Zenith-based movement (whose frequency was lowered from 5Hz to 4Hz). The chrono counters rings' color that turns on this Daytona from silver to brownish (the same happens with reference 116520 whose white dial turns to light green over time) is what makes this timepiece particularly sought after. It was Osvaldo Patrizzi who first noticed the phenomenon, which is a patina effect generated by a chemical reaction, activated by the low protection of silver which, if not adequately protected against external agents, is subject to a natural and progressive oxidation process. Whether it was pure chance or not it is hard to say, but it is a matter of fact that lot number 263's auction base estimate will be between €50k and €70k. If you are interested in trying and getting your hands-on a Rolex Daytona Patrizzi Reference 16520, take your chance by heading over to the auction house's official website and clicking right here.
(Photo credit: courtesy Faraone Casa d'Aste)
Gaetano C @Horbiter®