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Why We Love It
Not all gem-set watches are created equal.
Point in case? This exceptional Rolex Reference 18238 Double Quickset Day-Date with Diamond String Dial.
Rolex has a long history of offering gem-set dials, but most of the the iced out bling you see offered is aftermarket. These rare and beautiful pieces are extremely difficult to come by, particularly in condition like this one.
With a completely untouched mint condition case features its original factory case back sticker intact on its backside, a hidden clasp Presidential bracelet with no stretch to speak of, and a fluted 18k bezel that looks like it was just fitted by an artisan in Geneva.
Dating to circa 1990, this is an absolutely outstanding timepiece for a discerning collector!
The Day-Date Story
When you’ve got a good thing going, sometimes you just know.
Such is the case with the Rolex Day-Date. At the time of the Day-Date’s release in 1956, it was Rolex’s most complicated wristwatch: all previous attempts had failed to resonate with consumers.
But as soon as Rolex secured the patent in July of 1955, production of the Day-Date was rushed for a debut at the Basel Fair the following spring.
Although early Day-Dates were plagued by technical problems resulting from the complexity of the automatic movement with dual calendar function, those were soon resolved. After President Eisenhower sported one (a gift from the manufacture), its success was secured. The watch came to be known as the “President,” (due to the fact that several U.S. presidents since Eisenhower have worn one), and it certainly lives up to its dignified nickname.
For a brand that has built its reputation on its sports watches, it's perhaps unsurprising that the Rolex Day-Date is amongst the brand's best-sellers. True, the brand has always produced dress watches, but while the brand's more overt dress watch, the Cellini, often seems out of place among the brand's Oyster-cased offerings, the Day-Date is sturdy, solid, and at home alongside the Submariners and GMTs that make up the Oyster Perpetual collection.
Rolex has approached continual development of model as they do every other, making quiet improvements over the following decades, ensuring the Day-Date is worthy as the centerpiece of Rolex's Oyster line as horological technology evolves.
Whether a simple 36mm yellow gold piece or a Day-Date II 41mm Day-Date in platinum with a gem set dial, the Day-Date is internationally recognized as time timepiece of success and leadership, and of great taste.
18k Yellow gold Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Automatic winding calendar movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 18238. Circa 1990.
Overall Condition: The case is in exceptional condition overall with factory finishing and only very light signs of handling wear. Factory case back sticker remains intact. Non luminous champagne sunburst dial is in excellent condition with factory gem-set string diamonds and sapphires. Tritium handset shows light patina. Signed crown.
Includes solid link 18K President bracelet 8385/55B with signed hidden clasp.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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