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Datejust 36 'Vignette' Dial 18K Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel 16233

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  • Xupes Reference W008079
  • Age Circa 1990's
  • Condition Excellent  View More Details



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Product Details

  • Condition
  • Case Excellent - Little to no signs of wear
  • Bezel Excellent - Little to no signs of wear
  • Crown Excellent - Little to no signs of wear
  • Dial Excellent - Little to no signs of wear
  • Glass Excellent - Little to no signs of wear
  • Bracelet Excellent - Little to no signs of wear
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  • Xupes Reference W008079
  • Manufacturer Rolex
  • Model Datejust 36
  • Model Reference 16233
  • Age Circa 1990's
  • Gender Unisex
  • Box & Papers Rolex Box, Manuals, Card Holder & Guarantee
  • Dial Brown Diamond
  • Glass Sapphire Crystal
  • Movement Automatic
  • Water Resistance To Manufacturers Specifications

    If you require the exact water resistance specification please contact us.

  • Case Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel
  • Buckle Material Stainless Steel Deployant
  • Strap Stainless Steel & Yellow Gold Jubilee
  • Case Size 36mm
  • Strap Length Adjustable up to 18cm
  • Strap Width At Case - 20mm/At Buckle - 16mm
  • Warranty

    This second hand Rolex watch has been fully inspected in house and is covered by the 24 months Xupes warranty – please note this does not include accidental damage or negligence. Water resistance is only guaranteed in line with manufacturer's warranty.

  • Location UK

    If the item is in another country to the location you are enquiring, it will be available to view by appointment in 1-2 working days following your request

Our Opinion

Rolex Datejust “Vignette” Dial 36mm Stainless Steel And 18k Yellow Gold 1991 Reference 16233

Offered here is a stunning example of the Rolex Datejust with “Vignette” Dial with applied diamond hour markers and Stainless-Steel Case, reference 16233 manufactured circa 1991.

This example has the correct “Vignette” dial with diamond applied hour markers and yellow gold hands for its X68---- serial number range.

This is a stunning reference 16233 Datejust. Not only does it have a yellow gold bezel, diamond applied hour markers and gold hands, but it also has the very rare brown “Vignette” dial.

There are some notable gem-set dials to highlight. There is the Vignette Diamond dial made in three colours blue, red, or brown where the colour goes from darker on the edge to lighter towards the centre and is topped with diamond hour indexes. There is also the Zebra Diamond dial, featuring stripes of diamonds on a black background to resemble a zebra print. Similarly, there is a Wave Diamond dial that has the diamonds set across the dial in a wavy pattern.

The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic and most beloved Rolex watches ever made, even though the Datejust was launched in 1945 it has remained a timeless classic and is instantly recognizable as an item of refined quality and functional design.

The Datejust can be worn just as easily with a suit as it can be with jeans and a tee-shirt, making this one of the most versatile watches out there. This specific reference 16233 from 1991 would make a great start for a new vintage collector or would be a brilliant addition to an expanding collection.

This 16233 is powered by the famous and very reliable Rolex Caliber 3035 movement. The movement is officially Chronometer certified (COSC). This was Rolex's first movement to feature a high beat rate; increasing the beats per minute from 19,800 to 28,800 BPH (or 8 beats a second). This allowed them to perform to incredible timekeeping standards. Fortunately, the movement is also 'hacking', meaning all hands stop when the crown is pulled out to allow for precise synchronisation with external time sources.

The overall condition of this special “Vignette” Datejust is excellent. The case appears to have been very lightly polished in the past but retains strong equal lugs along with the brushed finish to the top edges remaining very well defined, the yellow gold fluted bezel has no dings or scratches and compliments the overall appearance of this 36mm Datejust. The brown “Vignette” dial is in flawless condition with the diamond hour markers and yellow gold hands all being consistent in colour. The Sapphire glass is the correct Top Hat style inclusive of the Cyclops date window for this model, it is also free of any scratches or marks.

This Datejust comes on the correct Rolex Jubilee Bi-Metal solid link bracelet and 55 end links. The bracelet is showing only light wear and minimal stretch.

This stunning “Vignette” Datejust is accompanied with its original Rolex box, manuals, card holder and guarantee certificate.

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