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We are a brick and mortar store in Mclean Virginia with over 10 years experience in Luxury Watches. All of our watches are inspected by a professional and are guaranteed to be 100% Authentic, with only Factory Parts unless otherwise disclosed. Please check out our track record online via our website, reviews on eBay, and Chrono24.
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 16220 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 the way 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 an 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 the 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, one of the most bullet-proof calibres of all time. The calibre 3135 a highly reliable and accurate movement which was 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 LITTLE DETAILS
CASE: 9/10: Factory Rolex Case - P serial case from the year 2000, in excellent with light wear from normal use.
BRACELET: 9/10: Factory Rolex Jubilee band, in fantastic condition with very little stretch will fit 7.5 inch wrist.
DIAL/HANDS: Factory Rolex Hand/Dial Set in excellent condition
MOVEMENT: Rolex Factory Movement running strong and keeping excellent time
BOX and PAPERS: Factory Rolex Box Only
Experience on the Wrist: At 36mm this is smaller watch. I would say this wears true to it's 36mm sizing. This watch can be worn by a man who appreciates the subtlety of a smaller piece, or by a lady who prefers larger watches.
We offer a 2 day return policy on all watches that we sell unless otherwise disclosed. There is no re-stocking fee as long as the watch is returned in it's original condition. All you'll be responsible for is shipping.
Available for Pickup in our Showroom in Mclean, Virginia
Want to see this watch in person? We are located in Mclean Virginia off of Chain Bridge Road. We are by appointment only (no walk ins), so please shoot us an email to schedule a time and get the address.