ROLEX COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA 116520: White Dial vs Black Dial

January 05, 2021 3 min read

ROLEX COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA 116520: White Dial vs Black Dial - Swiss Watch Trader

ROLEX COSMOGRAPH DAYTONA 116520: 2000 - 2016

The Rolex Daytona 116520 was released in 2000 and available with either black or white dials. The 116520 was the first Rolex Daytona to feature an in house movement. The 116520 is powered in the 4130 automatic movement with chronograph function. The 116520 was only available in stainless steel. The bezel, case and bracelet are identical on both the white and black dial versions. Early versions of the Rolex Daytona 116520 were fitted with what have become know as "thin hands" and these models command a premium on the used and second hand watch market. Throughout the 16 year lifespan of the Rolex Daytona 116520, minor changes and upgrades were made to the dials and bracelet. 



The choice of which dial to go for on the Rolex Daytona 116520 is not only a matter or taste, it can also be a choice based on budget and even your sight. The white dial Rolex Daytona is no doubt more popular than the black dial and will usually have a slightly higher selling price, but we have had customers in the past that upon buying a white dial Daytona have quickly part exchanged it for a black dial version due to not being able to read the time. It would appear that the black dial version is slightly easier to read if your sight is failing. Other than the afore mentioned reasons, there isn't much to choose between the two dials. Generally speaking a white dial watch will sell slower and be less popular that a black or even blue dial version of the same model. Take the Breitling Superocean Steelfish for example. The black and blue dials will sell out much quicker that the white dials. However, with the Rolex Daytona it is the white dial that is more desirable. Whichever Rolex Cosmograph 116520 you decide to go for, white dial or black dial, you relax in knowing that you have purchased one of the most iconic watches of the past 50 years and a watch that will continue to increase in value.



Rolex Daytona 116520 - White Dial 


Rolex Daytona 116520 - Black Dial



Rolex Daytona 116520

The Rolex Daytona 116520 was the first Daytona to be fitted with an in house movement. The 116520 was powered by the Rolex calibre 4130. Prior to 2000 the Rolex Daytona was fitted with the heavily modified El Primero movement which Rolex called the 4030.

The 4130 was the result of five years of innovation, refinement, and technical improvement. The 4130 movement features only 201 separate components, a 60% reduction when compared to the El Primero 4030 caliber. In addition to the 4130 being a more reliable and refined movement, the power reserve increased from 50 to 72 hours.



Our collection of mens Rolex watches include the Rolex Daytona 116520 white dial and Rolex Daytona 116520 black dial. At Swiss Watch Trader we specialise in selling only the best Rolex Daytona watches and unless there is a valid reason, ALL our Rolex watches will include their original boxes and papers. When buying any modern Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520, you need to ensure you are getting the very best example with as much of the original paraphernalia as possible. You should always look for a Rolex Daytona that is complete with its original inner and outer boxes, warranty certificate or card, manuals, hang tags and if possible original sales receipt. For more information on how to buy a Rolex Daytona 116520 from Swiss Watch Trader and the the services we offer including buying a Rolex Daytona 116520 on finance, head over to the information section.

For more information on other Rolex watches for sale including the Sea Dweller, Daytona and Explorer, head over to the News & Reviews section. Please get in touch if you have any questions about any of our new, used, pre-owned and second hand mens Rolex watches.


Contact Us today if you have a question about any of our Rolex Daytona for sale - we will be happy to help!

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