Rolex Datejust
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Rolex Datejust

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.

This particular example, a Reference 16234, features a stainless steel Oyster case with matching solid link Jubilee bracelet and dates to circa 2001. It remains in fantastic condition throughout and comes fitted with a stunning and flawless white dial with applied white gold Roman indices, an 18K white gold fluted bezel, and a matching white gold handset.

In the vast world of Datejusts, this piece stands out offering a slightly different flavor when you take a closer look. These timepieces are incredibly versatile for everyday use, and can easily be dressed-up for formal occasions or dressed-down and worn as a sporty everyday companion.

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. 

 

Details

SKU: AS04437

Sstainless steel Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Rolex automatic-winding movement. Reference 16234. Circa 2001.

Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing professional refinishing with only faint signs of handling. White dial with applies white gold Roman indices is in equally excellent condition with matching white gold handset. Signed crown.

Includes stainless steel solid link Jubilee bracelet with signed blade clasp (62510H/555B).

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