1990 Rolex Datejust 36mm on Jubilee 16220 Box & Papers
Ref: 16220

1990 Rolex Datejust 36mm on Jubilee 16220 Box & Papers
1990 Rolex Datejust 36mm on Jubilee 16220 Box & Papers
1990 Rolex Datejust 36mm on Jubilee 16220 Box & Papers
1990 Rolex Datejust 36mm on Jubilee 16220 Box & Papers
1990 Rolex Datejust 36mm on Jubilee 16220 Box & Papers
1990 Rolex Datejust 36mm on Jubilee 16220 Box & Papers
1990 Rolex Datejust 36mm on Jubilee 16220 Box & Papers
1990 Rolex Datejust 36mm on Jubilee 16220 Box & Papers
1990 Rolex Datejust 36mm on Jubilee 16220 Box & Papers
Regular price
£4,495.00
Sale price
£4,495.00
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Specification

Reference : 16220
Movement : Automatic Rolex Cal. 3135
Age : 1981/1990
Specific Age : June 1990
Case Size : 36mm
Case Thickness : 11.5mm
Lug to Lug : 43.5mm
Lugs : 
20mm
Condition :
 Pre-Owned
Box & Papers :
 Box & Papers
Case Material :
 Stainless Steel
Warranty :
 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 7inch


Points of Mention

This watch is sold with its Rolex presentation box, swing tags and papers. The watch comes paired with a 20mm Rolex 5-link Jubilee stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp. The watch is from June 1990 and is in worn, vintage condition as you can see from the photos. Overall, however, the watch is in very good condition for its age. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.

For more photos see here - https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1E5G51S7jrPCN4rFrE43TRwfLjptuRIzz?usp=drive_link

4K YouTube video, skip to 9:54 - https://youtu.be/hgyiyaQOhAE


The Watch

Here we have a 1990 Rolex Datejust 36mm on Jubilee 16220 Box & Papers, a curvaceous 36mm Oyster stainless steel case, with a lug-to-lug length of 43.5mm and a case thickness of 11.5mm that elegantly fits your wrist with finely tapered drilled lugs. On the right side, is a signed screw-down crown, and polished and brushed surfaces transition with crisp lines. An engine-turned stainless steel bezel holds a domed sapphire crystal. The striking sunburst silver dial has an outer minute track with Tritium pips surrounding applied baton indexes marking the hours, at 3 o’clock a date window with a cyclops magnification on the crystal, making the date easily read, slim steel baton hands Tritium infilled along with a tapered sweeping seconds hand, an applied Rolex crown sits at 12 o’clock with “Oyster Perpetual DateJust”, at 6 o’clock “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified”. On the reverse, a coin edge screw-down case back, inside an automatic Rolex Cal. 3135, 31 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour, this workhorse movement launched in 1988 has hacking seconds and quickset date functionality for your convenience. The watch comes paired with its 20mm Rolex 5-link Jubilee stainless steel bracelet with a signed folding clasp and comes with its Rolex presentation box, swing tags and paperwork.


Personal Note

I always aim to have a few 5-digit Rolex Datejust in stock, they are classic and timeless and models like this 16220 with its box and paperwork dating to 1990 make for great birth year watches as I'm regularly asked for them! I wouldn't hesitate on this one if you are interested, surprisingly they are becoming harder and harder to find as examples like this as more end up in long-term collections.


The Brand

In 1905, German-born Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis set up a company in London that imported Swiss movements which were installed in British cases and sold to jewellers who put their names on the dials. Recognising the potential for their brand, Wilsdorf created the brand name Rolex in 1908. In 1910, a Rolex became the first wristwatch to carry the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, awarded by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne, Switzerland. Demand for Rolex watches rose swiftly, and British taxes on the Swiss movements Rolex used prompted Wilsdorf to move the business to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1919. With production costs lowered, Wilsdorf quickly set out to solve the age-old problem of moisture and dust entering a watch case and damaging the movement. The Rolex watchmakers came up with a fully sealed watch case, which Wilsdorf named the Oyster, and released to an appreciative audience in 1926. In 1931, Rolex introduced the first automatic winding wristwatch, giving it the legendary name Oyster Perpetual. In 1945, they released the Datejust. The Datejust was the first watch to have the date jump instantaneously at midnight. The 1950s saw a whole lot of releases such as the Air-King (1958), the Explorer (1953), the Submariner (1953), the GMT Master (1955), the Day-Date (1956), the electromagnetic field resistant Milgauss (1956), the Lady-Datejust (1957) and the first Deep Sea model (1960). Wilsdorf’s death in 1960, saw ownership of Rolex S.A. (a collection of sub-companies) passed to the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation which was founded by Wilsdorf in 1945, the mission of which is simply to sustain Rolex S.A. indefinitely.