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SOLD OUT: Rolex Datejust 16220 36MM Quickset Jubilee Silver Steel Box and Papers 1993 Engine Turned
WHY THIS WATCH
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 1989, replacing the reference 16030 which had been the flagship Datejust since the late 1970s. The Rolex Datejust 16220 featured some upgrades over the previous model, such as the sapphire crystal and the introduction of the 3135 movements. Both models have the same 36mm Oyster case size and stainless steel construction, but the 16220 brought in some modern enhancements that made it more appealing to contemporary buyers.
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.
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 LITTLE DETAILS
The watch is an S series from 1993 and comes with a box and papers as pictured. The case is in overall excellent condition, with some minor surface wear, around 9/10. The jubilee bracelet is in fantastic condition, with only a very light stretch, around 8.8/10. The movement is running strong without issues and is keeping excellent time. The bracelet will fit up to a 7-inch wrist. Additional links are available upon request.
Available for Pickup in our Showroom in Mclean, Virginia
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