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WHY THIS WATCH
Known by some as the perfect, everyday wristwatch, the Rolex Datejust, introduced in 1945, revolutionized wristwatches with its automatically changing date function. As Rolex's flagship model, it showcases the brand's innovation and elegance. The Datejust's Oyster case, waterproof and robust, houses the perpetual self-winding movement. Renowned for its versatility, the timepiece remains a symbol of prestige and timeless style.
The Rolex Datejust 162220 was introduced in the late 1980s and introduced a sapphire crystal and a brand new calibre 3135. Many collectors consider the introduction of the sapphire crystal as the end of the vintage Datejust era. So many collectors loved the warm hugh of the acrylic and it bends and plays with the light. Others see the sapphire as necessary progress. As sapphire has a hardness second only to a diamond, these crystals are nearly scratch free forever (though we have seen some scratch, it's harder to do so). The calibre 3135 introduced a full balance bridge and upped jewel count, and added 8 hours of power reserve. Note that the previous generation calibre 3035 already had the quick-set date function, so that's nothing new. The addition of a sapphire crystal, alongside the calibre 3135 makes these watches absolute tanks that will run forever and look good in the process.
With reference 16220, the second digit '2' indicates that the watch features an engine-turned bezel. Engine turning, also known by its French term, guilloché, is a decorative method that involves mechanically engraving a complex and recurring pattern onto a material using a specific machine. While Rolex has ceased the production of engine-turned-bezels, discontinued models featuring this style can still be found in the pre-owned market. Visually similar to the more common fluted style, engine-turned bezels exhibit a series of ornamental grooves engraved around the perimeter. The ref. 16220, with its more refined profile and now-discontinued bezel, possesses the vintage appeal that Rolex enthusiasts crave—while still maintaining the impeccable performance of a timepiece fresh from the assembly line.
The Rolex Datejust 16220 utilizes the automatic caliber 3135, a highly reliable and accurate movement. Introduced in 1988, it boasts 31 jewels, a 28,800 beats-per-hour frequency, and a 48-hour power reserve. The caliber 3135 features a quickset date function and a free-sprung balance wheel, exemplifying Rolex's dedication to precision and innovative engineering.
The Rolex Datejust is often described as the perfect every-day wristwatch, and I find no fault with this statement. On the wrist, this watch is Neo-Vintage perfection. This is the perfect Datejust for someone who wants a more vintage feeling watch with modern features. The old jubilee bracelets just fit so magically, especially for those with smaller wrists. This is such an easy watch to wear, and I can pull this watch off with almost any attire. The 16220 might not speak to the vintage crown as much as it's older siblings do, but the sapphire crystal and bullet-proof movement make this an everyday watch that can take a beating.
THE LITTLE DETAILS
Note: this watch and all watches we sell are guaranteed to be 100% authentic. Watch is an A5XXXXXX serial from 1999. The watch is in overall fantastic condition. The case has some surface wear from normal use and is around 9/10. The bracelet is tight and shows very little stretch, around 9/10. The movement is running strong, keeping time, with no issues whatsoever. The watch comes with a Rolex box pictured only, no paperwork.
Available for Pickup in our Showroom in Mclean, Virginia
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