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ROLEX Oyster Perpetual Datejust 16233 Tapestry Dial

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Brand: ROLEX
Model: Oyster Perpetual Datejust
Ref: 16233
Serial: R88xxxx
Year: 1987/1988
Movement: Automatic Cal.3135
Case: 36mm
Material: SS/YG
Lug Width: 19mm
Includes: Jubilee bracelet 62523H/455B, End Links (Clasp Code M9), Guarantee, Tag
Bracelet Length: 22 Links (~18.5cm)


The Datejust is one of Rolex’s most popular self-winding watches.

It is widely known as a watch that anyone can recognize at a glance from its distinctive appearance.

The Datejust mechanism, in which the date changes instantly at zero o’clock, is considered one of Rolex’s three greatest inventions, together with the Oyster case and the self-winding Perpetual mechanism, and the Datejust model is the culmination of all of them.

Ref. 16233 was introduced in 1988 and was produced until 2004, one generation before the current Datejust model, Ref. 116233.

It follows the basic Datejust design established in the 1960s: a fluted bezel, a Jubilee bracelet and bar indexes.

The combination of stainless steel (SS) and yellow gold (YG) design with gold central bezel, crown and bracelet is a luxurious touch.

The combination of stainless steel and gold is registered at Rolex under the name “Loresol”, and according to the rules, this one is called “Yellow Loresol”, but it’s more commonly known as a “combination”.

A white gold combination of the same generation is Ref.16234, a reference number.

This watch was originally sold in 1988, and its main feature is the design of the dial.

The “tapestry dial”, which has vertical streaks on it, is so brilliant.

The most important point is the original design, which is not found in the vintage models of the 60s, and which does not exist in the current models.

Compared to the previous generation model Ref.16013, there are only functional changes: the on-board movement has been changed, the water resistance has been increased to 100 meters, and the windshield has been changed from plastic to sapphire crystal.

The glass windshield is now glass, which makes the watch more airtight and makes it more suitable for everyday use.

It is hard to believe that the watch is more than 30 years old because the windshield has been replaced and the case and bracelet are both new.

The movement on board is Cal.3135, which continues to be regarded as one of the best movements in the watch industry, even after about 30 years since it was announced.

It is a movement with a very high degree of perfection in terms of its accuracy and ease of maintenance, which can be maintained permanently with regular maintenance.

It is also used in the Submariner Ref.16610 and 116610LN, and it is a movement that is so complete that there is no need to change its design.

The bracelet comes with a Jubilee bracelet 62523H. There is some sagging, as expected, but the bracelet has been finished and is in very clean condition.

The clasp code tells us that the bracelet is circa 1988, so it was probably made when it was released.

The bracelet is 22 links, so it can be worn up to about 18.5 cm around the arm.

As shown in the photos, the watch comes with a guarantee and a tag.


The crystal glass has been replaced and the case/bracelet polished by our watchmaker.
The watch would be completely serviced by our watchmaker after your order.
It takes about 4 weeks to complete. It comes with 1-year warranty.

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