Rolex Day-Date 18388 'Carousel'

Nothing makes our heads spin like this Carousel Day-Date!How accurate is it to call Rolex a conservative company when it is responsible for this flashy number? The iconic 36 mm 18k yellow-gold Oyster case is adorned with brilliant-cut diamonds in various sizes on the lugs and features a diamond-set bezel.

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Rolex Day-DateIn 1956, Rolex introduced one the most iconic watches ever made: the Day-Date.

Introduction

Nothing makes our heads spin like this Carousel Day-Date!How accurate is it to call Rolex a conservative company when it is responsible for this flashy number? The iconic 36 mm 18k yellow-gold Oyster case is adorned with brilliant-cut diamonds in various sizes on the lugs and features a diamond-set bezel. If that weren’t enough, the iconic 18k yellow-gold President bracelet sports diamonds on all centre links!The main attraction (pun intended), of course, is the outstanding dial that reminds us of our favourite childhood amusement ride. The design combines three concentric rings. The largest in, the centre, features a luxurious pavé diamond setting with a cartouche at the 12 o’clock position that displays the Rolex signature and an uncommon placement of the ‘Day-Date’ text in a cartouche at 6 o’clock. The second ring consists of a lovely milky-white enamel inlay interspersed with 18k yellow-gold baton indices at the hour positions. Finally the third, and outer, ring features a string of brilliant cut diamonds. Together this intricate design resembles the top view of a fairground merry-go-round, hence the ‘Carousel’ moniker.This ref. 18388 dates back to 1990 and is powered by the improved caliber 3155 automatic movement with a double-quickset function, allowing you to independently adjust the day, date, and time. The watch is in wonderful condition with a razor sharp case and super tight bracelet with the iconic Rolex concealed clasp.

Description

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 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.