Rolex Day-Date 18049 'Seafoam Stella'
Rolex’ dial designers in the 1970s must’ve been dabbling in psychedelic drugs when they came up with the funky-coloured stella dials for the luxurious Day-Date.
Rolex Day-DateIn 1956, Rolex introduced one the most iconic watches ever made: the Day-Date.
Rolex’ dial designers in the 1970s must’ve been dabbling in psychedelic drugs when they came up with the funky-coloured stella dials for the luxurious Day-Date.During the 1970s and 1980s Rolex offered brightly coloured lacquered dials, nicknamed ‘Stella’ by Italian collectors, as an option for the Day-Date. This option wasn’t particularly popular. After all, you had to be a gentleman (or lady) of considerable means to be able to afford a Day-Date and it was unlikely that a person of that stature would rock a gold watch with such a loud, dare we say gaudy, dial. As a result, Stella dial Day-Dates are very collectible nowadays.This 18049 features a wonderful Seafoam green dial. A Stella dial is an uncommon sight any day of the week, but this dial is outright since it’s made for a white-gold Day-Date (evidenced by the 18k white-gold Rolex coronet) and features factory-set diamond indices. The 18k white-gold case has a special reference number (18049), with the ‘9’ indicating that the watch is crafted from 18k white-gold and the ‘4’ signifying that the bezel is factory-set with diamonds.The 18049 houses Rolex’ caliber 3055 self-winding movement with a single-quickset function, allowing for the independent adjustment of the date disc. The watch is in great condition, with a sharp case and tight 18k white-gold President bracelet.
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)