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Why We Love It
The greatest strength of the Datejust is its variety.
Produced for decades in a variety of metals, dial colors, bezel configurations, and bracelet options, there is a version for virtually every taste.
This piece, a Reference 16234 from the late 1980's, has all of the elegance and class of earlier Datejusts and features the often hard to come by dark grey sunburst dial. By the late 80's however, Rolex was still using tritium for luminous plots, but luxurious elements like sapphire crystal were beginning to arrive. But what really sets it apart from its predecessors, though, is what you can't see.
Two words: Quickset date.
With the added functionality of this feature, it makes for an excellent, daily usable watch while properly balancing the charm of its predecessors. This 16234, fitted with a white gold bezel perfectly straddles the line between a sports watch and a dress watch, and this particular example has an incredibly sharp case and Jubilee bracelet, and full set box and papers!
Throughout Rolex's century of existence, the manufacture has produced an arsenal of classic designs that have essentially remained unchanged throughout the years. Though small cosmetic differences may arise (such as the addition of a date window, or changing the color of the dial), a Rolex still looks like a Rolex. Because with Rolex, it's not about innovation, but about refinement.
The Rolex Datejust is an example of that ethos of continuity brought to life. With perfect proportions and a dial that's elegant in its simplicity, the Datejust is a horological icon. First released in 1945--the 40th "Jubilee" of the founding of Rolex--and in continuous production for the decades since, the Datejust is Rolex's most prolific and enduring model.
To be fair, the look of the Datejust has changed subtly over the years, but in material more than in form. Upon its release, the Datejust was available only in precious metals. But by the mid-1950s it was made in stainless steel.
The Datejust is the ultimate go-anywhere, do-anything watch. On a steel bracelet (we prefer the classic Jubilee bracelet, featured here) it exudes elegance; on leather, refinement; and on nylon, a kind of toughness that only Rolex can have. It inhabits a space somewhere between sporty and dressy, suitable to every occasion.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Reference 16234. Circa 1988.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing light signs of wear consistent with age and use. Luminous dark grey sunburst dial is excellent condition with Tritium luminous plots and handset both showing even patination. Signed crown.
Includes stainless steel Jubilee bracelet (62510/55bb) and signed clasp. Also includes inner box, cleaning cloth, 'Your Rolex Oyster' booklet, Datejust booklet, and blank papers from Bailey Banks & Biddle.
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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