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Rolex Datejust Ref. 16234 c.1996 - Rhodium Silver Roman Numeral Dial, White Gold Fluted Bezel

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A 36mm-cased, 1996, Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Reference 16234. White Gold fluted bezel, Roman numeral hour plots and Calibre 3135 Chronometer-Certified movement.

Launched in 1945 with the first reference 4467, the Datejust model has been one of the most successful and recognised watches in the world, and serving as an inspiration for thousands of models since. Rolex introduced the Datejust to celebrate their 40th Anniversary and it was originally only available in yellow gold, featuring the company's iconic Oyster waterproof case. The Datejust is offered with 2 types of bracelets, Jubilee & Oyster with the present example being on a sensational Jubilee. Now available in a multitude of sizes from 28mm to 41mm, the original reference came in the classic 36mm size which has remained a popular size ever since. In 1955 the Turn-O-Graph model was introduced as an award given to US Air Force pilots returning home from combat missions. 

From Martin Luther King to Harrison Ford, the Datejust model has graced the wrists of many notable figures in all fields of work, thus further solidifying Rolex’s motto “Men who guide the destinies of the world wear Rolex watches”. 

What's on offer

The model on offer here is a reference 16234 and we have dated this piece to 1996. It features a white gold fluted bezel, wonderful Jubilee bracelet and is rounded off nicely with the brushed Rhodium silver and elegant Roman numeral dial. This signature look on the Datejust has been a hugely popular configuration for decades and is a real trophy watch for anyone to own. No matter the occasion, the Datejust model fits in perfectly and adapts perfectly. The date window is positioned at 3 o’clock with the legendary Rolex crown logo at 12 o’clock.

The condition of the example on offer is great. Some signs of wear but in line with the age of the watch, the dial remains crisp and perfectly intact as you would come to expect from the brand. The fluted bezel wraps around the case and further enhances the elegance of the watch with the iconic Jubilee bracelet rounding this outstanding package off. The case retains its sharp nature and the glass is clear from any marks. This watch is a real charm on the wrist and shows yet again why Rolex is so timeless and carries the reputation for excellence that the company already does.

Additional information:

Made from

Case: Solid stainless steel, white gold fluted bezel

Dial: Rhodium silver, Roman Numeral hour plots. 

Crystal: Sapphire crystal, cyclops date eye at 3.

Bracelet: stainless steel Oyster. 

Technical specifications 

Winding: Automatic & manual option

Movement type: Automatic.

Calibre: 3135

Power reserve: 42 hours

Purchase details

Condition: Excellent vintage condition. 8/10.

Model reference number: 16234

Date / Year of issue: c.1996 (Serial number dated)


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Width (without crown): 36mm

Lug width: 20mm

Wrist size: Adjustable.