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Rolex Datejust 16238 'Jubilee dial'
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We love us some Day-Dates, but sometimes the heart yearns for the simpler things in life.
This ultra-sharp gold Datejust is just the thing to satisfy that desire. Until some years ago, you could choose between a Day-Date and a Datejust if you were in the market for a classic gold Rolex. Although more expensive, most people opted for the Day-Date. As a result, significantly fewer gold Datejusts exist. Nonetheless, prices for gold Datejusts are still lower than your average Day-Date, making them a huge bang for your buck.
This ref. 16238 dates back to the year 1990 and is one of the very first to feature the upgraded caliber 3135 automatic movement. This movement was so sturdy and reliable that Rolex only introduced a successor in 2019, a whopping 30 years after the introduction of the 3135. This 16238 comes in the classic Datejust packaging: a 36 mm Oyster case executed in 18k yellow gold, a matching gold fluted bezel, and an 18k yellow gold ‘Super Jubilee’ bracelet. The warm tone of the yellow gold matches perfectly with its diamond set ‘Jubilee’ dial as well.
The case and bracelet are in impeccable condition, indicating that the watch was barely worn in the last 33 years. Gold Datejusts are already uncommon, but you’re even less likely to find one in this condition.
Rolex DatejustIn 1945 Rolex created the flagship Datejust to mark the company’s 40th anniversary. This model was the world’s first self-winding wristwatch with a date indication. With the Datejust, Rolex also introduced the iconic 5-piece jubilee bracelet, first in solid gold and later in bicolor and stainless steel. On the tenth anniversary of the Datejust in 1955, the magnifying ‘cyclops lens’ was introduced on the Datejust.Ref. 162xxThe Datejust 162xx references were introduced in the late 1980s. This fourth generation of Datejusts was the first to see the introduction of a sturdy and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. These models also incorporated the new caliber 3135 automatic movement.