Rolex Datejust Ref. 16000

Allow us to share some insights on the Datejust and its captivating history. Our esteemed former colleague, Thomas van Straaten, has authored a remarkable book titled “The Vintage Datejust 1945-1990: A Buyer’s & Collector’s Guide,” which we wholeheartedly endorse as a must-read.

When discussing various iterations, such as the 16014 and 16030 with their distinct engine turned and fluted bezels, it’s worth noting that one particular reference stands out with its smooth bezel. Notably, the references 1600, 16000, and 16200 hold a special distinction compared to their counterparts, as they are relatively rare and possess a simplistic elegance that is truly captivating.

The specific Datejust being discussed here, the ref 16000 from 1980, boasts a breathtaking white dial. Enhanced with an elegant jubilee bracelet. The ref 16000 implies that its features an acrylic glass while having a quick-set date function making it the perfect middle ground between modern and vintage.

We would be delighted to provide you with further details and a firsthand experience of this remarkable piece at our boutique located at Reestraat 3 in Amsterdam.

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Brand Rolex
Movement Automatic
Model Datejust
Diameter 36 mm
Reference 16000
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1980
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Watch only
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color White

The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic watch designs ever made. We try not to use the term “iconic” too liberally, but it is surely justified here. Launched back in 1945 as the Ref. 4467, the design has been only marginally updated every now and then. And it has looked fresh and current ever since.

When it comes to vintage, two generations of Datejust are particularly popular; the Ref. 16xx and the later five-digit references. The 16xx models were made from the fifties until  roughly 1978 and feature a beautifully dimensional pie-pan dial. Many of these came on folded jubilee bracelets and they did not yet feature a quickset date.

When the reference was updated to five digits around 1978, the pie-pan dial was replaced by a flat dial. The caliber was updated to now feature a quickset date. A decade later, in 1988, a new update saw the introduction of a sapphire crystal. For us, this is where vintage Datejust becomes modern Datejust.

Countless variations can be found. Different bezels, bracelets, dial colors, sizes and materials. The Datejust is one of the most beloved and versatile watches around. If you are looking for a one-watch-collection, that works equally well with shorts as it does with a three-piece suit, the Datejust is probably a pretty safe bet!


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Year of production (circa)






Dial color





36 mm



Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Watch only