Rolex Day-Date 18108 'Bark Ferrite'

By now, you’re probably familiar with the most common Rolex Day-Date variants.

Museum Piece
Rolex Day-DateIn 1956, Rolex introduced one the most iconic watches ever made: the Day-Date.

Introduction

By now, you’re probably familiar with the most common Rolex Day-Date variants. But, have you ever seen a bark finish and diamond set bezel Day-Date with a ferrite dial?The Day-Date is, of course, best known for its shiny fluted bezel. But many more bezel variations were made, especially in the 1970s and 1980s. The ref. 18108 is one of the most uncommon variations. It features a bark-finish bezel and bracelet. Moreover, the bezel is factory-set with brilliant cut diamonds at each hour position. If all of this weren't enough, this 18108 from 1986 sports an uncommon ferrite dial, a ceramic material with a beautiful streaky black and grey texture. The dial, furthermore, features 18k applied yellow-gold Roman numerals and a closed 18k yellow-gold hand set. The 18k yellow-gold case measures 36 mm and is in excellent condition. More importantly, the original bark President bracelet is in impeccable state, with little to no stretch. This is quite a feat as these bracelets were typically worn hard and, because they are so uncommon, it is hard to find a replacement in good condition. The watch runs on Rolex’ caliber 3055 automatic movement with a handy single quickset function

Description

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.