Vintage Rolex Datejust 16233

All you need to know about the Rolex Datejust; An Informative guide to current and vintage Datejust's

We are going to talk about possibly the best watch Rolex has ever created. The Rolex Datejust! Join us as we cover the history of these sought after Datejusts.

The first ever Rolex Datejust

The first ever Rolex Datejust was introduced in 1945 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Rolex. This watch was crowned the reference number 4467 and had humble and standard case size of 36mm, The Datejust was the first self winding watch to host a date wheel and set the standard with its complication. 4467 had a fluted bezel, Jubilee bracelet and only came in 18k gold, which would have made the watch an icon and inaccessible to most people. 

In 1950, Rolex finally gave the public what they wanted. 5030 and 5031, a stainless steel Datejust and a two-tone steel and gold configuration. Not only has this elevated the innovation of the Datejust model, but also the aesthetic and accessibility.

Did you know? 
Did you know that the 5-link Jubilee bracelet was introduced in 1945 as well?

It was exclusively designed for the Rolex Datejust and Rolex even came close to naming that watch itself Jubilee. Today you can find the bracelet on the GMT, Sky-dweller and the Datejust.

The Rolex Datejust 16XX, Pre-Quick-Set Datejust

In the 1950s Rolex introduced caliber 1560 which solidified the Datejust model in the catalogue and history. The model produced and sold today barely differs from those sold in the late 50s. You can still find the 1613 and 1614 in the market today, they are a memorable icon in Rolexes history and many.

Later on Rolex released the 160XX and finally introduced the quick-set feature. A feature that allows the wear to set the date without altering the time, a feature that can be found on all Rolexes produced today. Many pre-quick-set owners understand the frustration that it can bring, especially towards the end of February.

The Classic Datejust 

In the late 70s Rolex finally introduced the 162XX, this model features a upgraded 3135 movement that has better time keeping, power reserve and overall performance as a watch. The 162XX also has a upgraded glass, sapphire crystal instead of the acrylic glass, that tends to scratch.
This watch is known for being a the perfect mix of vintage and performance, it can preforms like any other Rolex, comes with a vintage look and you can often find them in exceptional condition. Not to mention the affordability. 

Classic Vintage Rolex Datejust 36 16233

Did you know? 
Did you know that the fluted bezel is always made out of gold?

Whether it be yellow, everose or white, fluted bezels are always made of gold to give it the extra shine it deserves. 

The Datejust 2 and the introduction of the Datejust 41 

Rolex introduced the Datejust 2 in 2009, to meet the demand for larger watches, the Datejust 2 feature a 41mm case size and could only be found with an oyster bracelet. Unlike the Datejust 36 which was available with either bracelet. The Datejust 2 was available in Oyster steel with a smooth bezel, steel and white gold with a fluted bezel and yellow gold and oyster steel with a fluted bezel, the Datejust 2 came under the reference number 116300, 116334 and 116333. The Datejust 2 had a short production run, but was later reintroduced in 2016, known as the Datejust 41, a watch that is still in production today and, quite honestly, one of the best Rolexes you can own.

The Datejust 41 comes in many configurations and can come under many reference numbers including;
126334, The stainless steel Datejust 41 with a white gold fluted bezel
126331, The stainless steel and Everose gold (either bezel) Datejust 41
126333, The stainless steel and yellow gold with a fluted bezel Datejust 41
126303, The stainless steel and yellow gold with a smooth bezel Datejust 41
126300, The stainless steel Datejust 41 (Smooth bezel)

Rolex Datejust 41 126334

The Current Datejust 36 Configurations 

The Datejust 36 is a watch with timeless elegance and is the perfect size for a man or woman. The Datejust 36s has similar configurations to the Datejust 41.

126234, The stainless steel Datejust 36 with a white gold fluted bezel
126231, The stainless steel and Everose gold (either bezel) Datejust 36
126233, The stainless steel and yellow gold with a fluted bezel Datejust 36
126203, The stainless steel and yellow gold with a smooth bezel Datejust 36
126200, The stainless steel Datejust 36 (Smooth bezel)

Rolex Datejust 36 Blue Motif Dial 126234

The benefits of a Vintage Rolex Datejust

When purchasing a vintage watch, you're not just buying a watch. You're buying a piece of history. Vintage watches tell stories of the brand and their previous owner. They show the timeless fashion and how they have kept time throughout time. They reinforce Rolex as a brand.

Vintage Rolex Datejust 36 16014 silver dial

How to value a Vintage Rolex Datejust

If you have a Vintage Rolex and are curious about its value, here's a quick breakdown on somethings that will affect its value.
1.Box and papers

Does your watch have box and papers, if so this improves its value. Box and papers make your watch a full set which in turn makes it more collectable and sought after to investors and consumers. If it doesn't have a box and papers that's completely fine and something that is quite common among vintage Rolexes.


The condition of your timepiece affects the value but most things can be fixed or replaced.


The age of your Rolex Datejust will also affect its value.

Where can I sell my vintage Rolex Datejust?

If you are reading this, it's likely you have asked yourself, Where can i sell my Rolex Datejust? Look no further. Get in contact for a same day quote, it's likely that we will be able to offer you instant payment for your Rolex Datejust, vintage or not.

Where can I buy a vintage Rolex Datejust?

If you want to buy a vintage Rolex Datejust you're in the right place. We always stock a range of vintage Rolexes that are available for viewing and purchase in our Hatton garden office. Please get in touch to arrange an appointment or make a purchase.

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