Rolex Day-Date 18248 'Bark Ruby String'

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This 18248 pretty much brings together all the advanced options the Day-Date range has to offer.

Bark-finish Day-Dates were a common occurrence in the 18xx and 180xx series Day-Dates from the 1970s and 1980s, Yet, by the arrival of the updated 182xx series in the late 1980s, the bark option had become an uncommon occurrence, making this beauty quite special. Bark Day-Dates usually feature the finish on the center-link of the President bracelet as well as the bezel. Yet, the original owner of this piece chose to enhance the watch by ordering the optional factory diamond-set bezel instead.

And, let’s face it. Since that person opted for a full-gold Rolex with bark-finish and diamond bezel, a regular dial obviously didn’t suffice. Cue this champagne beauty with the string of small brilliant-cut diamonds next to the chapter ring and larger brilliant-cut ruby hour markers.

The ref. 18248 houses the updated caliber 3155 automatic movement with a double-quickset function, which allows the day, date, and time functions to be adjusted independently from each other. The watch is in excellent condition with sharp lines and tight bracelet, and is accompanied by the original hand-filled papers.


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 182xxThe 182xxx series Day-Dates were introduced in 1989 and shepherded the line in the modern-era. While the previous 18xxx series Day-Date from 1978 had already introduced a single quickset function for the quick adjustment of the date as well as a sturdy sapphire crystal, the 182xx series saw the unveiling of the new caliber 3155 movement with a double quickset function. This new movement finally allowed all the functions of the watch (time, date, and day) to be adjusted quickly and conveniently through different positions of the crown.



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