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WHY THIS WATCH
Known by some as the perfect, everyday wristwatch, the Rolex Datejust, introduced in 1945, revolutionized wristwatches with its automatically changing date function. As Rolex's flagship model, it showcases the brand's innovation and elegance. The Datejust's Oyster case, waterproof and robust, houses the perpetual self-winding movement. Renowned for its versatility, the timepiece remains a symbol of prestige and timeless style.
The Rolex Datejust 16234 was introduced in the late 1980s and introduced a sapphire crystal and a brand new calibre 3135. Many collectors consider the introduction of the sapphire crystal as the end of the vintage Datejust era. So many collectors loved the warm hugh of the acrylic and it bends and plays with the light. Others see the sapphire as necessary progress. As sapphire has a hardness second only to a diamond, these crystals are nearly scratch free forever (though we have seen some scratch, it's harder to do so). The calibre 3135 introduced a full balance bridge and upped jewel count, and an added 8 hours of power reserve. Note that the previous generation calibre 3035 already had the quick-set date function, so that's nothing new. The addition of a sapphire crystal, alongside the calibre 3135 makes these watches absolute tanks that will run forever and look good in the process.
With reference 16234, the digit '3' indicates that the watch features a White Gold Fluted Bezel. Note that this watch is the brother of the 16220, which is the same watch, just with an engine-turned steel bezel. So if you're looking for a datejust from this era, with a gold fluted bezel, this is the one to get.
The Rolex Datejust 16220 utilizes the automatic caliber 3135, a highly reliable and accurate movement. Introduced in 1988, it boasts 31 jewels, a 28,800 beats-per-hour frequency, and a 48-hour power reserve. The caliber 3135 features a quickset date function and a free-sprung balance wheel, exemplifying Rolex's dedication to precision and innovative engineering.
The Rolex Datejust is often described as the perfect everyday wristwatch, and I find no fault with this statement. On the wrist, this watch is Neo-Vintage perfection. This is the perfect Datejust for someone who wants a more vintage feeling watch with modern features. The old jubilee bracelets just fit so magically, especially for those with smaller wrists. This is such an easy watch to wear, and I can pull this watch off with almost any attire. The 16234 might not speak to the vintage crown as much as its older siblings do, but the sapphire crystal and bullet-proof movement make this an everyday watch that can take a beating.
THE LITTLE DETAILS
Note: this watch and all watches we sell are guaranteed to be 100% authentic. This is a WXXXXXX serial number watch from 1995. This watch is in overall excellent condition with only light wear, around 9.3/10. The bracelet is tight, with very little slack, and is very clean, overall 9.2/10. The movement runs, sets, and keeps good time with no issues whatsoever. The bracelet will fit a 7.25-inch wrist. It comes with a pictured box only, no papers.
Available for Pickup in our Showroom in Mclean, Virginia
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