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Why We Love it
So-called “five digit” Datejusts (reference variants with five digit internal coding) evolved from the original Oyster Perpetual Datejust line and are a quintessential staple of the Neo-Vintage era.
These models showed up in the late 70s and offer the added functionality of a higher-beat movement for accuracy and a quick-set date mechanism. They retain the classic 36mm case proportion of their predecessors and have similar variation for dial, bezel, and bracelet configurations. Luminous models also retain Tritium material, offering tremendous opportunities for unique characteristics of patina.
This particular example, a Reference 16233, features a Two-Tone 18K and stainless steel Oyster case with matching solid link Jubilee bracelet and dates to circa 1991. It comes fitted with a stunning and flawless blue vignette dial with factory diamond indices, an 18K yellow gold fluted bezel and matching 18k yellow gold handset. It remains in absolutely fantastic condition all around, featuring a sharp case and a near-perfect bracelet.
With so many once-great vintage Rolexes being chopped up by the aftermarket customizers and fitted with gaudy gem settings, its a breath of fresh air to find such a pristine untouched factory example!
For those collectors looking to elevate their dress watch, or seek a slightly more exotic fair - look no further!
The Datejust Story
We've said it over and over again - the Datejust may just be the perfect watch.
Coupling perfect proportions, simple dial layouts, and robust movements, Rolex's most prolific model is an icon of timekeeping that has been in continuous production for decades. Moreover, the Datejust is all the watch that just about any of us really need.
The beauty of the Datejust is that it is the ultimate do-anything, go-anywhere watch. Equal parts sporty and dressy, the Datejust wears just as well with jeans as it does with a suit, and thanks to the signature Oyster case and tough-as-nails movement, it’s ready for anything that you can throw at it.
In production continuously since 1945, the original Datejust was the world's first wristwatch to incorporate a date disc and aperture at the 3:00 position. Since then, date windows at 3:00 have become commonplace, and the Rolex cyclops magnifier bubble has become a hallmark of the brand. Datejusts have proudly been worn by presidents, athletes and movie stars (and probably your grandfather), in a testament to how timeless and versatile the watch truly is.
While recent horological trends have favored larger sporty wristwatches, the age of the giant watch is drawing to a close, making more reasonably sized watches like the original Datejust, a pleasantly stylish option that fits the bill in every setting.
There's a magic to the Datejust's simple design, a timelessness that proves that true style never dies.
18k Yellow gold and stainless steel two-tone Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Rolex automatic winding movement. Reference 16233. Circa 1991.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall with only light signs of wear from gentle use. Blue ‘vignette’ dial is in equally outstanding condition with factory applied diamond indices and yellow gold handset. Signed crown.
Includes 18k yellow gold and stainless steel two-tone solid link Jubilee bracelet (62523H-18/455B) with signed blade clasp.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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