Released to celebrate Rolex's 40th anniversary in 1945, the Rolex Datejust has become one of the Genevan Giant's most iconic watches. The world's first wristwatch to display the date via an aperture on the dial, the Datejust revolutionized wristwatch design for decades to follow. With its emblematic Cyclops lens, jubilee bracelet (designed specifically for the model in 1945), and classy fluted precious metal bezel, the Datejust's aesthetic has always been that of pure elegance and class. Perhaps one of Rolex's most recognizable designs, the Datejust has evolved from its dressier roots into a perfectly capable timepiece rivaling the robustness of most brand's sports watches. Featuring a stainless steel case with a screw-down crown and caseback, the Datejust packs an impressive 100m of water resistance alongside its consistently capable movements and construction that have enabled it to become one of the best-equipped watches for daily wear and tear. Available with several different dial options, in a multitude of materials, and across many styles, the Datejust is an inescapable reflection of its owner, with a model out there to suit pretty much everybody's tastes and preferences.
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Est. value range
$4,000 – $6,000
In extremely well preserved condition. The dial is in mint condition, showing perfectly domed luminous plots and matching hands. The bezel is crisp and razor sharp, while the case is equally so, with full proportions, case lines and original finishes. There is some light surface wear and the case back with a minor sign of opening. The bracelet with only very light surface wear, 18 links, 1 removable. Adjustable clasp.
While unassuming at first thanks to its entirely stainless steel construction, this ref. 16220 quickly reveals itself as an exceedingly rare watch thanks to its co-signed Tiffany tapestry dial, two things that collectors clamor to add to their collection even when not combined into one beautiful watch like this.