Rolex Day-Date 18048 'Red Vignette & Diamonds'

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Do you spend hours picking the right Instagram filters for your wrist shots? Well, you don't need to anymore. This Day-Date already incorporates a vignette effect for you!The 18048 is a special sub-reference of the 18xxx series Day-Dates that features a wonderful factory diamond-set bezel on the classic 36 mm 18k yellow-gold case with matching gold President bracelet. Any other time, the famed Oyster case, President bracelet, and the diamond bezel would be the star of the show, but on this watch they have to bow down to the amazing dial.Executed with a wonderful vignette effect, the dial transitions from a vibrant burnt orange in the centre to deep burgundy on the edge of the dial. On top of that, the traditional gold hour markers are replaced by brilliant-cut diamond hour markers with alternating baguette-cut diamond markers on the 6 and 9 o’clock positions.The watch dates back to 1981 and houses Rolex’ caliber 3055 self-winding movement with a single quickset function, allowing for the independent adjustment of the date mechanism. The watch is in great condition and the President bracelet with concealed clasp features only minor stretch.


Rolex Day-DateIn 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 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)


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