Rolex Day-Date 18208 'Onyx'Sold
Rolex Day-Date 18208 'Onyx'
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This is what we call "a match made in heaven".
The reference 18208 or similar executions with the elegant and so called domed or smooth bezel lend themselves perfectly for housing a stone dial. The simplicity of the the bezel is a flawless match to the most sought-after stone dial in the world; The Onyx.
An important note and unknown fact for most of the people is that the lion's share of the available Onyx dials on the market are 'Service dials'. This particular example isn't one of them. As we and a few specialised dealers and collectors know and can confirm, there are a few small details distinguishing original, period correct Onyx dials from the later service replacements. Of course we'll keep the tricks of the trade for ourselves. For now at least.
Furthermore, this specific example is in excellent condition, comes as a full set and was sold in 1993 as stated on the original guarantee paper.
Rolex Day-DateThe very essence of luxurious time-keeping, provided with a day and date function. It was launched in 1956 as a niche model and was only produced in precious metals (yellow-, white- and rosegold or platinum). Its retail price was way costlier than any other Rolex model. However, due to its popularity among a lot of prestigious people, for example presidents (hence, its nickname), it became Rolex’ flagship model. Over the years this model has enjoyed associations with a wide variety of people, from world leaders, athletes, celebrities and mafiosi (like Tony Soprano). Regardless of the differences, they all had one thing in common: being successful in their area of expertise. Therefore, to this day the Day-Date is still synonymous with luxury, prestige, style and success. With exception of the most modern models, the Day-Date comes in at 36mm. Do you earn this watch?Reference 182XXThe 180XX references were replaced by the 182XX references in 1988. Again, a new technical era began for the Day-Date. The caliber 3155 got introduced, which provided the watch with a double quickset function. From now on, the date and day could be adjusted separately from the time making the Day-Date a very convenient watch.