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Rolex Stainless Steel Gents Datejust 16234 Watch
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A 36 mm Datejust in stainless steel by Rolex. Features a white Roman dial and an iconic fluted white gold bezel. The Jubilee bracelet comes with an Oyster deployant clasp. Fitted wit...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Rolex Datejust 16234 Diamond Bezel & Gold Diamond Dial Steel Jubilee Band 'R-3'
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Brilliance Jewels, Miami Questions? Call Us Anytime! 786,482,8100 Brand: Rolex Series: Datejust Reference: 16234 Case: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold 18k Case Size: 36mm Dia...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Diamond, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust Ref 16234
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex Oyster Perpetual DateJust Ref 16234 Gender: Men Year: Circa 1970's Model : Oyster Perpetual DateJust Case Diameter : 36 mm Movement: Automatic Watchband Material: Stainless S...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel . Custom Tiffany Blue dial. Blue rubber strap with tang bu...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex 16234 Datejust Silver Stick Dial Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 16234 Serial: “U” serial Model: datejust Case Material: Stainless steel Case Diameter: 36mm Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire Bezel: Stainless steel fluted bezel ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Mens Rolex Oyster Datejust 16234 18k SS Automatic Diamond Dial 2000s RJC111
By Rolex
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Timeless icon, Men's 18k gold and stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref.16234 automatic, c.2002, all original, with original Rolex tag. Verified authentic by a master w...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel . Factory Mother of Pearl dial . Stainless steel jubilee b...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel . Custom Black dial. Custom Green rubber strap with tang b...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel . Custom Black dial. Pink rubber strap with tang buckle. P...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 36 16234 Unisex Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007520 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 16234 Age: 2000 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Rolex Service Pouch Dial: Silver Baton Glas...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex 16234 Datejust Stainless Steel White Roman Dial Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 16234 Model: Datejust Case Material: Stainless Steel Case Diameter: 36mm Crystal: Sapphire Crystal Bezel: Aftermarket Diamond bezel Dial: White dial with silver sti...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, White Diamond, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Silver Diamond Dial Mens Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Silver Diamond Dial Mens Watch 16234. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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White Gold, Silver, Steel

Rolex Datejust 36 Steel White Gold Salmon Dial Mens Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust 36 Steel White Gold Salmon Dial Mens Watch 16234. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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White Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold White Dial Jubilee Bracelet Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold White Dial Jubilee Bracelet Watch 16234. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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White Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Black Diamond Dial Mens Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Black Diamond Dial Mens Watch 16234. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo on ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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White Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Salmon Diamond Dial Men's Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold Salmon Diamond Dial Mens Watch 16234. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel oyster case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex l...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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White Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold White Dial Jubilee Bracelet Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Atlanta, GA
Rolex Datejust Steel White Gold White Dial Jubilee Bracelet Watch 16234. Officially certified chronometer self-winding movement. Stainless steel case 36.0 mm in diameter. Rolex logo ...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

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Steel, White Gold

Rolex Datejust Stainless Steel Gents 16234
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4482 Model Number: 16234 Serial Number: T96**** Condition: 8 - Good Condition Age: 1995 Case Size: 36mm Box and Papers: Box Only Movement: Automatic Case: Stainless Steel Dial:...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 16234, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Blue 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, White Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel White 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Grey Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Grey 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Blue 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, White Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel White 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Grey Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Grey 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Ivory Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Ivory 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Blue 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Black 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Blue Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #:16234. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, Stainless Steel, 36mm Case, Black Dial with Stick Hour Markers, Date calendar at 3 o'clock position, Sapphire Cryst...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Silver Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Silver 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Black Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Swiss Automatic Watch Stainless Steel Black 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234, Salmon Dial, Certified and Warranty
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Rolex Datejust Reference #: 16234. Mens Automatic Self Wind Watch Stainless Steel Salmon 36 MM. Verified and Certified by WatchFacts. 1 year warranty offered by WatchFacts.
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1990s Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 36 16234
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4759 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Ref: 16234 Age: Gender: Unisex Complete With: Box Only Dial: Blue Baton Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement: Automatic Water Resist...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 36 16234
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W4948 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Ref: 16234 Age: 28th September 1992 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Box & Guarantee Dial: Silver Baton Glass: Sapphire Crystal Move...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 16234 Custom Bezel and Dial 1988 Diamond Automatic Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
(20760) This pre-owned Rolex Datejust 16234 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by an automatic movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round shape fac...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Rolex DateJust 36 Stainless Steel 16234
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: W6566 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: DateJust Model Ref: 16234 Age: 14th September 2001 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Box & Guarantee Dial: White Roman Glass: Sapphire Crystal Move...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 16234 Holes Arabic Jubilee Dial Custom Diamond Bezel Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
(20369) This pre-owned Rolex Datejust 16234 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by an automatic movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round shape fac...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust 36 Stainless Steel 16234
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: W6654 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: DateJust Model Ref: 16234 Age: 17th May 1992 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Xupes Presentation Box & Guarantee Dial: Black Baton Glass: Sapphir...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 36 Stainless Steel 16234
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: W5685 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Reference: 16234 Age: 10th September 1994 Gender: Women's Box and Papers: Box, Manuals and Guarantee Dial: Blue Baton Glass...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Wristwatch Ref 16234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic movement, 31 jewels, Quickset date, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel, 36mm diameter. Black Jubilee dial with Arabic numerals. Stainle...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel . Rolex Sodalite Di...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Wristwatch Ref 16234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Automatic movement, 31 jewels, Quickset date, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel, 36mm diameter. Blue dial with baton markers. Stainless steel Ju...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 36 Stainless Steel 16234 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Ref: W5995 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Ref: 16234 Age: Circa 1991 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box & Guarantee Only Dial: Blue Roman Glass: Sapphire Crystal Movement: A...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with white gold bezel (36 mm ) . Blue dial with sti...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234 - Automatic winding. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel . Black dial with stick hour markers . Stainless steel hid...
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21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

1991 Rolex Datejust Steel & White Gold 16234 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Contemporary 1991 Rolex Datejust Steel & White Gold 16234 Wristwatch * *Complete with: Xupes Presentation Box dated 1991 *Case Size: 36mm *Strap: Stainless Steel Jubilee *Age: 1...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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White Gold, Steel

Rolex Datejust 36 16234 Unisex Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007437 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 16234 Age: 1989 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Silver Baton Glass: Sapphir...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Automatic Wristwatch Ref 16234
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: Datejust Model: 16234 Case Material: Stainless steel Case Diameter: 36mm Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire Bezel: Stainless steel engine turned bezel Dial: Silver...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 36 16234 Unisex Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007418 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 16234 Age: 2002 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Silver Baton Glass: Sapphir...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust Ref. #16234 with Sodalite Diamond Dial
By Rolex
Located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
Sodalite is a natural stone with a textured blue hue lighter than lapis lazuli. His denim-like color looks well with any palette and is both distinctive and uncommon. This classic Da...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Diamond, Stainless Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Automatic Wristwatch Ref 16234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel (36mm diameter). ...
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Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

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White Gold, Stainless Steel

1990 Rolex Datejust Steel & White Gold 16234 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Contemporary 1990 Rolex Datejust Steel & White Gold 16234 Wristwatch * *Complete with: Presentation Box dated 1990 *Case Size: 36mm *Strap: Stainless Steel Jubilee *Age: 1990 *...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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White Gold, Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Automatic Wristwatch Ref 16234
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Datejust Men's Stainless Steel Watch 16234 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels, Quickset, sapphire crystal. Stainless steel case with 18k white gold fluted bezel (36mm diameter). ...
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Late 20th Century Wrist Watches

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White Gold

Rolex Datejust 36 16234 Unisex Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007431 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 16234 Age: 1997 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Silver Baton Glass: Sapphir...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Datejust 36 16234 Unisex Stainless Steel Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Xupes Reference: W007417 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Datejust Model Variant: 36 Model Number: 16234 Age: 1998 Gender: Unisex Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Blue Roman Glass: Sapphire ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel, Steel

Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Salmon Dial Automatic Wristwatch Ref 16234
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Brand: Rolex MPN: 16234 Model: Datejust Case Material: Stainless Steel Case Diameter: 36mm Crystal: Sapphire crystal Bezel: Stainless steel fluted bezel Dial: Salmon dial with silver...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

2005 Rolex Datejust 36 Steel and White Gold 16234 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Contemporary 2005 Rolex Datejust 36 Steel & White Gold 16234 Wristwatch * *Complete with: Box Only dated 2005 *Case Size: 36mm *Strap: Stainless Steel Jubilee *Age: 2005 *Strap...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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White Gold, Steel

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Datejust 16234 For Sale on 1stDibs

You are likely to find exactly the datejust 16234 you’re looking for on 1stDibs, as there is a broad range for sale. Every item for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using Stainless Steel, Gold and White Gold. Our collection of these items for sale includes 117 vintage editions and 19 modern creations to choose from as well. You’re likely to find the perfect datejust 16234 among the distinctive items we have available, which includes versions made as long ago as the 20th Century as well as those produced as recently as the 21st Century. A datejust 16234 of any era or style can lend versatility to your look, but a version featuring Diamond, from our inventory of 5, is particularly popular. Today, if you’re looking for a round cut version of this piece and are unable to find the perfect match, our selection also includes alternatives. There aren’t many items for women if you’re seeking a datejust 16234, as most of the options available are for men and unisex.

How Much is a Datejust 16234?

Prices for a datejust 16234 can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — at 1stDibs, these accessories begin at $3,750 and can go as high as $10,650, while this accessory, on average, fetches $6,087.

Rolex Biography and Important Works

While the rise in popularity of vintage Rolex watches is of no surprise to aficionados, collectors and industry experts, when it comes to contemporary luxury wristwatches, Rolex is also often the first brand that springs to mind. Not only is the company revered for its precision timekeeping and impeccable craftsmanship, but its name was designed to be memorable.

Rolex's enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.

But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.

But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its aforementioned commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.

Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.

The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.

Find vintage Rolex watches, bracelets and more on 1stDibs.

Finding the Right Watches for You

Records show that, in Europe, by the 16th century, it was high time for portable clock devices. Right now, perhaps you’re shopping for your own. If so, find a vast range of fashionable and functional antique, new and classic vintage watches on 1stDibs.

While wall-mounted time tellers and grandfather clocks were much more convenient than the sundials of ancient history, watches were becoming crucial for an increasingly connected society whose members learned that the latest advancements in technology meant they could carry devices that kept time to within a minute a day. Tragically, the first pocket watches — albeit an improvement on the accessories that preceded them, which dangled from a chain worn around the neck — didn’t help much as far as accuracy or portability. Focused on style over substance, the upper class frequently carried lavish pieces that ran hours behind. 

Eventually, watches migrated from owners’ pockets to their wrists. In the early days of watchmaking, watches were fragile enough that they necessitated protection from the elements. Now, watches made of gold and steel can withstand the harshest climates — even 100 meters underwater, in the case of Rolex’s Submariner

Indeed, although exceedingly practical, the watches of today are far from bland. Bvlgari’s iconic Serpenti watch was on everyone’s list after the collection’s bold bracelet, which technically debuted after the timepiece, graced the wrist of actress Elizabeth Taylor. If anything, elaborately crafted timepieces — the unmistakably boxy silhouette of Cartier Tank watches, the elegant and minimal Calatrava designed by legendary Swiss house Patek Philippe — are even more effective than the shape we associate with traditional watches. You’ll always know what time it is because you won’t be able to tear your eyes away from your new accessory. 

Form watches — the all-encompassing moniker bestowed upon non-round watches — are making headlines and completing contemporary fashionable ensembles the world over. At the same time, both casual fans and careful collectors are drawn to the unbeatable charm of vintage styles, such as the icons designed by Omega that even James Bond can’t resist. 

When shopping for a watch, it’s good to keep your needs as well as your specific personal style in mind: A smaller, subtle timepiece is a good fit for small wrists. When will you be wearing your new accessory? There’s a versatile model out there for everyday wear, while a rugged, feature-heavy watch is a safe bet if you’re prone to embarking on all-weather activities in the great outdoors. 

Find exactly what you’re looking for in an unparalleled collection of antique, new and vintage watches on 1stDibs — we promise it will be worth your time.