Rolex Datejust ref. 16220 circa 1990 (Box & Papers)

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Brand: Rolex

Model: Oyster Perpetual Datejust ref. 16220 (Engine-Turned Bezel); Swiss Made; E-serial circa 1990; IBM Quarter Century Club presentation watch complete with original boxes, papers, booklets, and hang-tags

Case: Solid stainless steel Rolex Oyster case with screw-down back and engine-turned bezel is approximately 36mm excluding the signed Rolex screw-down winding crown

Bracelet: Original 20mm 78360 Rolex Oyster bracelet with correct 558B endlinks and signed Rolex fold-over clasp (clasp code O10 = October 1990); fully linked with 13 links

Movement: Rolex cal. 3135 self-winding automatic movement (31 jewels) with quick-set date; Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified; 28,800 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original silver sunburst dial has aged to a unique and attractive golden hue with creamy Tritium lume plots; applied Rolex logo and beveled/polished hour markers; original matching Tritium hands; 36mm stainless steel Rolex Oyster case with sharp engine-turned bezel and sapphire crystal; original 78360 Rolex Oyster bracelet (fully linked); Rolex Chronometer-grade movement with quick-set date; IBM Quarter Century Club presentation watch complete with original boxes, papers, booklets, and hang-tags

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; 36mm stainless steel case is thick and even with minimal wear overall and retains its crisp and sharp engine-turned bezel; the tops of the lugs appear to have been very lightly detailed in the past; IBM presentation caseback engraving remains clearly legible (DALE BALLARD - JANUARY 17, 1991); beautiful original silver sunburst dial has aged to a unique golden color with all creamy Tritium lume plots present; original Tritium hands are in tact and matching; nice original 78360 Rolex Oyster bracelet is fully linked and matches the overall condition of the watch

Other: The Rolex market is on absolute fire right now, but this gorgeous 36mm Datejust is proof that you can still get a great vintage Rolex watch at a relatively affordable price point. In simple terms, it's difficult to imagine a more reliable watch coming from any other brand (or a better place to park your cash for that matter). This reference 16220 is particularly striking and versatile with its 36mm stainless steel case, sharp engine-turned bezel, and silver sunburst dial that has developed a unique golden patina. The watch for sale here was presented to Dale Ballard on January 17, 1991 for his 25 years of loyal service to IBM (Quarter Century Club) as denoted on the caseback. These IBM award watches were ordered and delivered through retailer Michael C. Fina. This example comes complete with its original inner and outer Rolex boxes, paperwork, booklets, and both hang-tags. The outer Rolex box even confirms delivery to Dale Ballard. Also included with the watch is a service receipt from December 15, 2017 when the movement was overhauled with a new mainspring, auto-winding axel, case tube, gaskets and spring bars installed at the time of service. The original parts will be included with the watch.

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