Rolex Daytona “Zenith” Ref 16520 “Patrizzi” Dial. 40mm. Black Dial.1998 Full Set



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Reference number

Year Manufactured

Case Size (Diameter)



Mechanical, Automatic

Case Material

Stainless Steel

Bracelet material

Stainless Steel


Pre-Owned, Excellent

Included in Sale

Watch + Inner & Outer Box + Service Card + Punched Papers + Manuals + Hang Tag + Bezel Protector + Spare Link


Mens / Unisex


UK, Hertfordshire




Item is in stock

Water Resistance

10ATM, 100m



Dial Colour



Single-fold clasp on Rolex Oyster Bracelet




Rolex Daytona “Zenith” Ref 16520 “Patrizzi” Dial. 40mm. Black Dial.1998 Full Set


Greetings.  Thanks for looking at this beautiful timepiece. We are a 5-star seller with thousands of watches sold and delivered around the world.

Presenting an exquisite 40mm Rolex “Zenith” Daytona Reference 16520 featuring a rare and highly sought-after “Patrizzi” dial.

This timepiece is from 1998 and is a full collectors set, complete with Inner + Outer Boxes, Manuals, Punched Papers, Original purchase receipt from 1998, Rolex service receipt (2018), Bezel Protector, Red Hang Tag and spare link.

This is a stunning piece of Rolex history.

It is in excellent pre-owned condition as shown the photos and is running to modern day Rolex precision. It is unworn since its service in July 2018, so please buy with total peace of mind.

This rare Rolex Cosmograph Daytona with the “Patrizzi” dial features the famous brown discolouration of the sub-chapter rings, named after the Italian collector, Osvaldo Patrizzi who was the first man to recognize the color changing phenomenon.

This highly desirable and sought-after imperfection only appears in some, but not all Rolex Daytona Reference 16520.

The huge gulf in value of the “Patrizzi” dial Daytona is all down to a rare and quickly corrected mistake. The black dial ref 16520 used an organic varnish, called Zapon, to protect the Daytona’s face.

Unrecognized at the time, the lacquer did not provide sufficient coverage and, over the years, the silver outer tracks on the iconic sub dials oxidized, turning a brown colour as they react with UV rays.

Even more importantly to hardcore Rolex collectors, the changes do not stabilize and continue to take effect the older the watch gets. It means every one of the so-called Patrizzi dials is unique, and in the world of classic Rolex, unique often equals expensive.


Overall: Very Good pre-owned condition with very few light, visible wear marks.
Crystal: Condition is perfect.
Case and Bracelet: Very Good with a few light visible surface blemishes..
Box and Papers:  Excellent.

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