Rolex Day-Date 18048 'Baguette'Sold
Rolex Day-Date 18048 'Baguette'
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This Day-Date has so many baguettes and icing you might as well call us Amsterdam Vintage Bakery.
We’ll stick with our current name for now, but we’re sure this baby will sell like hot cakes.
After all, how often do you run into a Day-Date with a factory-set bezel and baguette dial? Very rarely, that is. This beauty dates back to 1980 and comes in the classic Day-Date packaging: a 36 mm 18k yellow gold case with the iconic 18k yellow gold President. The watch houses Rolex’ caliber 3055 self-winding movement with a single quickset function, allowing for the independent adjustment of the date mechanism. As this piece was originally delivered in icy Finland it comes with a very rare Finnish day disc. The watch is in excellent condition, with a sharp case, tight President bracelet with a concealed clasp and as a cherry on the cake it comes as a full set.
In 1956, Rolex introduced one the most iconic watches ever made: the Day-Date. The Day-Date was the first waterproof self-winding chronometer certified wristwatch with a day and date function. And to top it off, it was only available in gold or platinum! Rolex also designed a new three-link bracelet, known as the ‘President,’ to pair with this special watch. With the exception of the most modern executions, the Day-Date comes exclusively in a 36mm case.Reference 18xxxThe arrival of the 18xxx series Day-Dates in 1978 ushered in the first signs of the ‘modern’ watchmaking era for Rolex. These Day-Dates were the first regular production Rolex watches to receive a sturdy and scratch resistant sapphire crystal. To accommodate the new crystal, the iconic Oyster case had to be increased in thickness as well, giving the Day-Date a more modern look. Other significant developments were the change from the beloved pie-pan dials to the new flat dials and the unveiling of a brand new movement. The caliber 3055 introduced a single quickset function, which meant that the date could finally be adjusted separately from the time and date. Like its predecessors, the 18xxx Day-Dates were available with different bezel and case decorations. The most common references are:
- Ref. 18026: Domed bezel (platinum)
- Ref. 18028: Domed bezel
- Ref. 18038: Fluted bezel
- Ref. 18039: Fluted bezel (white gold)
- Ref. 18046: Diamond-set bezel and index (platinum)
- Ref. 18048: Diamond-set bezel and index
- Ref. 18049: Diamond-set bezel and index (white gold)
- Ref. 18078: Bark-finished bezel in yellow gold (usually paired with President bracelet with bark-finished centerlinks)
- Ref. 18079: Bark-finished bezel in white gold (usually paired with President bracelet with bark-finished centerlinks)