Rolex 16233 Vintage 16013 Datejust Watches

Differences: Rolex Datejust 16013 vs 16233

Rolex 16233 Vintage 16013 Datejust Watches

In your hunt for a classic Rolex Datejust timepiece, you’ll want to know the differences between the vintage 16013 and 16233. From photos, they can appear to look very similar, but these two watches have many elements that set them apart from each other. In the photo above, the 16013 is on the left, and the 16233 is on the right. Let’s do a quick comparison of these two pieces:

ROLEX DATEJUST 16013 16233
Movement Automatic, Swiss made, in-house Automatic, Swiss made, in-house
Caliber Rolex Caliber 3035 Rolex Caliber 3135
Case Stainless steel with pierced lugs (holes) Stainless steel with holes or no holes
Crystal Acrylic

  • Can be polished
  • Is very anti-reflective thanks to the curves

  • Much more scratch resistant
  • Cannot be polished
 Bezel  14K or 18K gold 18K gold
Bracelet Stainless steel and 14K gold or 18K gold

  • Find the 14 or 18 on the clasp
Stainless steel and 18K gold
Certified Chronometer? Yes Yes

Here are a few of the things to consider when searching for a vintage Datejust. Do you want a cool older piece with more history? Or a watch that is made more for everyday use?

Learn more: Comparison between the Rolex caliber 3035 VS. 3135
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5 years ago

Thank you for the information!

Stephen Brock
Stephen Brock
3 years ago

Excellent post, thank you for the useful information. Do you know when each model was released and discontinued?

Ryan Carey
Ryan Carey
1 year ago

very helpful

5 months ago

What’s weird is that I have a 16013 with a 14k bezel and 18k bracelet and I know this cause my repair estimate from Rolex said this

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