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Rolex Datejust Ref. 16234
Here is a ‘youngtimer’ Datejust with a stunner of a dial!
This ref. 16234 Rolex Datejust from 1996 is fitted with a sunburst blue dial with applied Roman indices and a railroad minute track around its perimeter. As you would expect with such a configuration, there is no lume on the dial, nor in the hands. And why would there be? This dial shines plenty on its own!
Beyond the dial, we find a classic Datejust configuration of steel case, white gold fluted bezel, and a Jubilee bracelet that is slightly older than the watch, but reference-correct and in great condition.
A blue dial Datejust is highly sought-after and desirable. This particular example holds a great middle-ground between vintage and modern. If you feel its attraction, you may want to act quickly. These do not typically last long in our boutique.
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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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