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For a brand that has built its reputation on its sports watches, it's perhaps unsurprising that the Rolex Day-Date would be among 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, is at home alongside the Submariners and GMTs that make up the rest of the Oyster Perpetual collection.
Where the Day-Date is concerned, Rolex spared no expense in making it well-made, both inside and out. When it was introduced, Rolex wasn't making any other complicated wristwatches. Though early versions from the 1950s suffered from technical problems - due to power transfer problems, the day and date wheels wouldn't always seamlessly turn over at the stroke of midnight - Rolex approached the model as they did so many others, making quiet improvements, ensuring the Day-Date was worthy as the centerpiece of Rolex's Oyster class.
Further improvements were made in the late 1950s with the addition of a hacking function which stopped the second hand, allowing for greater accuracy when setting.
But it was when the Day-Date was given quickset capabilities that Rolex created a dress watch that truly could be worn as imagined. Sure, earlier examples of the Day-Date such as the Reference 1803 might be the purist's choice, but the fact that the Calibre 3155 movement can still be found in the Day-Date today proves that convenience makes a dress watch universally appealing.
This particular Day-Date is a Reference 18238 dating from the early 1990s bearing a glossy black Roman dial and English day wheel. With an case back inscription that reads "L.B. to R.B. 9-17-93," this was a watch that was worn in the spirit in which it was given--a fact that is evident in the care in which the owner gave it.
18k yellow gold Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown). Rolex Day-Date Reference 18238. Rolex Calibre 3155 Self-Winding Movement. Circa 1991.
Overall Condition: 18k yellow gold case is in excellent condition with no signs of previous polishing. Case does have minimal signs of use and wear. Glossy black Roman dial is in excellent condition with puffy luminescent hour plots. Original day and date wheels show crisp printing and operate as designed. Rolex-signed crown. Rolex case back has slight signs of wear. Case back has been engraved "L.B. to R.B. 9-17-93." Engraving can be removed upon request.
Includes one 20mm 8385 President bracelet with 55B solid end links. Bracelet is in very good condition with minimal signs of use and wear.
Includes Rolex service booklets.