Rolex Day-Date 18168 'Ruby Baguette'

Museum Piece
Doesn’t this blood red ruby beauty make your heart bleed with joy? This 18168 is a cacophony of stones and one of the most splendid gem-set Day-Dates we’ve ever seen.

Doesn’t this blood red ruby beauty make your heart bleed with joy?

This 18168 is a cacophony of stones and one of the most splendid gem-set Day-Dates we’ve ever seen. A factory-set baguette cut bezel is rare on a Day-Date. So rare, in fact, that Rolex dedicated a special sub-reference to this particular configuration: the ref. 18168. Now, any baguette-set bezel Day-Date would be special in its own right, but one featuring ruby baguettes, like this one, is exceedingly rare.

But how the hell does one match a dial with such a magnificent bezel you ask? Well, there really only is one option: a classic champagne dial with a factory-set string of brilliant-cut diamonds next to the minute track together with matching rubies on the hour positions. And, of course it is only right that the day and date discs feature a matching ruby background. If all that weren’t enough, the gemstone theme is carried through on the ultra-rare President bracelet with factory set diamond center links.

This superlative reference 18168 dates back to 1985 and is in excellent condition with a sharp 18k yellow gold case and tight 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.