Rolex Day-Date 18208 'Ammonite'

Ammonites were marine animals with an external shell that lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.

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Rolex Day-DateThe very essence of luxurious time-keeping, provided with a day and date function.

Introduction

Ammonites were marine animals with an external shell that lived during the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. These are geological periods that took place from 201 to 66 million years ago. At the end of the Cretaceous period ammonites (and also, dinosaurs) became extinct. Nowadays, they are found as fossils because their remains solidified into rock.The stone dial on this Rolex is from ammonite and it gives the watch a very distinctive look: black and grey stone with white details and accents. Characteristic for this dial is the applied Arabic six and nine in 18k yellow gold with a diamond. The 182XX references were introduced in 1988. This is a reference 18208, which indicates it has a domed bezel instead of the fluted bezel. Furthermore, instead of a President bracelet like most Day-Dates, it comes on an 18k yellow-gold Oyster bracelet with concealed clasp. This bracelet was only made for this reference and is not in production anymore.  Together with the dial, it makes this watch look awesome!

Description

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.