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Rolex Day-Date 18238
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There’s something regal about the combination of gold and white. We like to call it clash: the perfect combination between class and flash.
This 18238 takes that dichotomy to perfection. The iconic 36 mm 18k yellow gold Oyster case, fluted bezel, and President bracelet provide beautiful contrast to the white dial. The dial isn’t just any white dial though. The porcelain finish refers to a particular dial production process that was done by Rolex in the 1990s. Found mostly on Zenith Daytonas from the early 1990s, these dials feature a high-gloss lacquered finish that closely resembles porcelain. Compared to the ‘regular’ white dials from that era, these porcelain dials are not as stark and feature a lovely milky sheen. This beauty features a porcelain dial with applied 18k yellow gold Roman numerals, balancing out the warm yellow hue of the case and the cool look of the dial itself.
The ref. 18238 is powered by the updated caliber 3155 automatic movement with the convenient double quickset functionality, which means that the day and date functions can be set independently through the winding crown.
This Day-Date dates back to 1997 and is in excellent condition with a sharp case and tight bracelet. The watch comes as a full set with the original box and papers.
The 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 rose gold 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.