Rolex Day-Date 118348 'Tahitian MoP, Baguettes'Sold
Rolex Day-Date 118348 'Tahitian MoP, Baguettes'
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Tahitian mother of pearl is one of the most coveted pearl varieties due to its dark and mysterious looks.The ref. 118348 is a special sub-reference of the 118xxx series Day-Date that forgoes the classic fluted bezel with an exquisite factory-set brilliant-cut diamond variety. This specimen from 2001 features the 36 mm 18k yellow gold Oyster case together with the iconic President bracelet with a concealed clasp.The dial is crafted from a precious Tahitian mother of pearl. The pearl shells that are cultured in the atolls of Tahiti feature a much darker, almost blackish, hue compared to shells cultured elsewhere, giving the nacreous luster of the pearl a cool and mysterious quality.The Tahitian mother of pearl dial is complemented with factory-set diamonds. Typically, Rolex makes use of classic brilliant cut diamonds on its dials, making this baguette variety not only aesthetically pleasing but also rare. In keeping with Rolex tradition, the non-lume dial is paired with a closed (non-lume) 18k yellow gold handsetThis 118399 is in great condition with sharp lines and a tight bracelet. The watch is powered by the caliber 3155 automatic movement with a convenient double quickset function to separately adjust the day and date functions.
Rolex Day-DateThe very essence of luxurious time-keeping, provided with a day and date function. It was launched in 1956 as a niche model and was only produced in precious metals (yellow-, white- and rose gold or platinum). Its retail price was way costlier than any other Rolex model. However, due to its popularity among a lot of prestigious people, for example presidents (hence, its nickname), it became Rolex’ flagship model. Over the years this model has enjoyed associations with a wide variety of people, from world leaders, athletes, celebrities and mafiosi (like Tony Soprano). Regardless of the differences, they all had one thing in common: being successful in their area of expertise. Therefore, to this day the Day-Date is still synonymous with luxury, prestige, style and success. With exception of the most modern models, the Day-Date comes in at 36mm.