Rolex Day-Date 18148 'Blue enamel Carrousel'Sold
Rolex Day-Date 18148 'Blue enamel Carrousel'
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Spectacular configuration 18148 with blue enamel carousel dial, complementing the sapphires in the bezel.
The main attraction (pun intended), of course, is the outstanding dial that reminds us of our favourite childhood amusement ride. The design combines three concentric rings. The largest in, the centre, features a luxurious pavé diamond setting with a cartouche at the 12 o’clock position that displays the Rolex signature and an uncommon placement of the ‘Day-Date’ text in a cartouche at 6 o’clock. The second ring consists of a royal-blue enamel inlay interspersed with 18k yellow-gold baton indices at the hour positions. Finally the third, and outer, ring features a string of brilliant cut diamonds. Together this intricate design resembles the top view of a fairground merry-go-round, hence the ‘Carousel’ moniker.
These enamel carousel dials are exceedingly rare and exist in 3 colours: blue, red, white and green. The first mentioned fitting perfectly to the diamond and sapphire set bezel on this 18148. This uncommon reference has beens scarcely produced in the 1980's, with this specific piece dating back to '83.
It is powered by the caliber 3055 automatic movement with a single-quickset function. The watch is in wonderful condition with a sharp case and tight 18k yellow-gold President bracelet with the iconic Rolex concealed clasp.