ROLEX Oyster Perpetual Datejust 16233 Tapestry Dial

Item Number: ROLEX102

$7,682.16 AUD
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.

[Payment Method]
1. Credit Card (Visa/Master/Amex)
2 Wire/Bank Transfer
*We have U.S bank account and European bank account. So you don't need to transfer internationaly.

Shipped via FedEx International Priority.
Normally,Item will be shipped in 1-2 working days after payment received.

Tracking number will be provided, and insurance will cover if the item is damaged or missing in the shipping process.

[Custom Duty]
International buyer has a responsibility to pay import duties, taxes or charges. (ex VAT/GST)

We do not accept to declare lower value on shipping label or invoice.We will declare full value of them.

If you would like to know how much it will be, please check approximate cost below.
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These costs normally collected by courier when you pick up item or after your receive.

We accept return in the case of shipping mistake or item defect in 14 days after your receive.

  1. Can I check the actual item at the store?
    -Yes, You can check it at the store.

  2. Can I ask reserve the watch?
    -No, we do not reserve a watch until payment completed because we also sell our products on online store.

  3. Can you adjust my bracelet? 
    -Yes,If you indicate your approximate arm circumference when you place an order, we will adjust it and send it to you.
    (*Riveted bracelets and Folded bracelets need to be adjusted by our watchmaker, so please allow a little time for this.)

  4. How long does it take for "delivery after service"?
    -Please allow approximately 1month to 1.5 months from the time of order.
    (*It may take a little longer depending on the schedule of the wacthmaker and the number of customers.)

  5. Is there a payment deadline? (Bank transfer)
    -If we cannot confirm your payment within 2 days of your order, we will cancel your order.

  6. Can I order by cash on delivery?
    -No, we do not accept cash on delivery.
  7. Do you accept installment payments or BNPL(Buy Now Pay Later)?
    -No, We do not support installment payments or BNPL.
  8. Do you ship internationally?
    -Yes, we ship via FedEx International Priority.
    (*Customs duties and import taxes are the responsibility of the customer, so please pay them upon or before receiving the package.)
About Service
Service(Overhaul) is the process of disassembling a mechanical product down to its component parts, cleaning, and reassembling it to bring it back to the state of performance when it was new.

The overhaul procedure is roughly explained as follows
Separate the case and movement.
Disassemble the movement
Inspect each part for wear and tear and perform a preliminary cleaning.
Cleaning by a special machine
Lubrication and assembly
6. Water-resistance inspection (water-resistance function guaranteed)
7. Adjustment and running test
This is the process of the watchmaking process.

Some movements consist of several hundred parts, which are disassembled piece by piece, inspected, cleaned, and reassembled in an extremely precise process.

Without overhaul, just like a car, the oil deteriorates and the risk of wear and tear on the parts increases, causing a loss of precision or, in serious cases, the inability to run.

We recommend an overhaul every two to three years to ensure economical and long-lasting use of your watch.

About new finishing (polishing)

Vintage watches have been used for decades, and even the stainless steel used in many watches has become rounded at the corners, or has many small scratches on the surface that should be beautiful with a mirror finish.

At Albitro, we believe that our watches should be purchased in beautiful condition and used for a long time, so we sell them with a new finish.

Especially for dress watches with gold cases, we finish them to bring out the best of the precious metal case.

The watches sold at Albitro that have been newly finished are photographed in very high resolution, so you can see the edges are sharp and the mirror finish reflects the light.

Some cases and bracelets have a mixture of mirror and hairline finishes, but not many craftsmen are able to distinguish between them and finish them at a high level.

The "thinning of the case" is another area that is highly dependent on the skill of the craftsman. A watch with skinny lugs is far from its original design, and its appearance is unbalanced.

It is a very meticulous process to reduce the thinness of the case as much as possible while eliminating scratches and dents to bring the watch closer to its original finish.

Of course, in some cases, it is better to leave the watch in its original condition as it is, as it is the history of the watch and the original condition is important.

We look at each watch individually and decide whether it is best to finish it before selling it.

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