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Rolex Day-Date 18078 'Lemon Bark'
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This lemon bark Day-Date is the perfect feel-good weather watch.
Rolex was well known for experimenting with different ways of stamping, milling, and engraving bezels, cases, and even bracelets. Unfortunately, this practice had all but ceased by the 1990s. This ref. 18078 from 1979 is an excellent example, taking the classic 36 mm 18K yellow gold Day-Date and enhancing it with a bark finish on the bezel and the center links of the iconic President bracelet.
Usually, such watches came with the classic sunburst champagne dial. This particular watch, however, was delivered with a lovely lemon color dial with a matte texture and applied 18K gold Roman numerals.
The watch is in excellent condition with thick lugs, sharp bark texture, and only minimal stretch on the 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 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.