Insider: Rolex Datejust ref. 116200. As Classic as a Negroni.


This particular Rolex Datejust has been the daily watch of our friend and watch lifestyler Carlo. After 7 years of ownership we share with you his own personal journey with this watch. Today, a Rolex Datejust with white roman numeral dial is as classic as a Negroni. The Negroni originated in Firenze, Italy in 1919 by Count Camillo Negroni. The story tells that one afternoon he asked his bartender to strengthen his favorite cocktail— the Americano— by replacing the soda water with gin. The bartender also replaced the lemon garnish with an orange wedge to signify that it was a different drink and that's how one of the most classic cocktails was born.


Just like the Negroni, the Rolex Datejust was also launched many decades ago back in 1945. The Datejust was the first wristwatch with a date function. The Datejust is offered with two options of bracelets—the jubilee and the oyster— and also several different bezel and dial variations. Its 36mm case is just perfect for men or women and every day wear, whether dressed up or down. Today, most Rolex Men's watches are being worn by women fashionistas that appreciate fine watches. In 2009, the Datejust II was released with a 41mm case. The ref. 116200 is fitted with caliber 3135 with a power reserve of 48 hours. Sticker price: $6,600.

As wear marks and battle scars are already prevalent on the case, bezel and bracelet, one can tell that this watch has been much loved and enjoyed. Carlo purchased this Rolex Datejust as his first Rolex back in 2006. Carlo, a restauranteur by trade and also a Paneari lover, mentions that he will wear this watch over his Panerais all the time. The reason why, in his own words: "It's the most comfortable watch I've ever owned and the best suited or any occasion". 

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Posted on April 1, 2013 and filed under Rolex.