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Rolex Datejust Ref. 16233
Life is a party. But you have to put up your own garlands, as the Dutch saying goes. And we think we have a pretty great way of building a party right here…
This is a Ref. 16233 Rolex Datejust. A two-tone Datejust is a bit of a party piece in any guise, but this one comes with a particularly festive dial: the houndstooth or pied-de-poule dial with diamond indices.
The galvanized pattern, better known in the fashion industry than the watch world, is made up of alternating gold and silver tone houndstooth figures. The entire dial has a clear metallic sheen, that plays with the light beautifully.
To finish it off, the markers have been factory-set with diamonds. This then, is a tiny party on the wrist. Why not have a little fun, right?
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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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