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Why We Love it
So-called “five digit” Datejusts (reference variants with five digits) 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 16234, dates to circa 1996 and features a stainless steel Oyster case with matching solid link Jubilee bracelet, an 18K white gold fluted bezel, a sapphire crystal, and a formerly silver sunburst dial with a wild patina. Likely exposed to moisture at some point in its life, the resulting stunning patina is even, uniform, and to us, reminiscent of cinnamon sprinkled over a glass of the delicious seasonal favorite...Egg Nog!
This watch remains in excellent condition throughout, with sharp case bevels, an excellent bracelet, and while not for everyone, offers a little wabi-sabi to stand out from your typical Datejust.
We are very into it.
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.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 16234. Circa 1996.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing signs of normal wear from age and use and no signs of over polishing. Sunburst silver dial shows even patination with intact Tritium lume and matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes stainless steel solid link Jubilee bracelet (62510H/555B) 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.
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