Rolex Day-Date 18239 'Jasper Dial'
Even we, as self-proclaimed stone-dial expert, have never seen a Jasper dial in a white gold Day-Date!We are lucky enough to trade Day-Dates on a weekly basis, all of them luxurious and stylish, but some truly raise your heartbeat.
Rolex Day-DateThe very essence of luxurious time-keeping, provided with a day and date function.
Even we, as self-proclaimed stone-dial expert, have never seen a Jasper dial in a white gold Day-Date!We are lucky enough to trade Day-Dates on a weekly basis, all of them luxurious and stylish, but some truly raise your heartbeat. This is especially the case when it comes down to stone dials. The owner of AVW has a degree in gemmology and has been fascinated by stones for quite a while. His name is Jasper, which is exactly the name of the stone used in this superlative Rolex.Now, a 'Jasper dial', also referred to as 'Bloodstone', by itself is already a rare variant of the sought-after stone dials, yet we already managed to buy and sell 3 examples in yellow gold. But to find one in white gold was long believed to be impossible. Previously, only one other example was known and published in Pucci Papaleo's book about the Rolex Day-Date. As of today we can add this 18239 to the very short list of white-gold Rolex watches with stone dials. As opposed to the usual yellow-gold variants, the lesser known white-gold ones feature white text, white-gold hour markers and a white-gold day- and date aperture.The watch has been preserved in magnificent condition, being polished just once since it first saw light 25 years ago. Retaining the sharp edges on the fluted bezel and thick lugs. Most importantly, the deep-green dial is spotless and doesn't feature a single hairline, crack, mark or whatsoever. Furthermore, it comes as a full set with not only the box and papers, but also the hang tags and booklets. This will most probably be you're only chance to get your hands on a 18239 with a 'Bloodstone dial'.
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.