*Unpolished* 1996 Rolex Day-Date (Ref. 18239) 18k WG Blue Dial
The Rolex Day-Date is one of the most iconic and beautiful watches in the Rolex catalog. The Rolex Day-Date earned the nickname "President" after it had been rumored that President Dwight Eisenhower began wearing one, however, Eisenhower wore a Rolex 18K yellow gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust which Rolex gifted to him in 1953. However the nickname President is quite fitting for the day date as Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Reagan, Nixon and Roosevelt, all wore the Rolex Day-Date and is a symbol of status and luxury as the Rolex Day-Date is only made in precious metals most commonly 18k yellow gold and possesses both the day and date complications within the movement.
Rolex finds the perfect balance between luxury and functionality, and this 1989 Rolex Day-Date Ref. 18239 really sets itself apart in solid 18k white gold. in 1988 Rolex released the cal. 3155 also known as the double "quick-set" allows the quick setting of the day and date complications by rotating clockwise/counterclockwise while in position 2 of the crown, making the setting of the watch quick and easy. We love white gold watches as they carry the weight of solid 18k gold with a subtle statement and an extra level of refinement.
|Material||18K White Gold|
|Strap||Rolex 8385 President 18k WG Bracelet W/ 55B6 End Pieces|
The unpolished 18k white gold case retains a very strong factory finishing both on top of the lugs and underneath the lugs with moderate signs of previous use. The 18k white gold fluted bezel remains in gorgeous factory condition. The sapphire crystal is clean showing no blemishes or scratches. The case back remains in unpolished condition as well. The original Rolex 8385 18k white gold President bracelet with 55B6 end pieces and hidden clasp remains unpolished with its factory finishing intact throughout, and retains 22 links that exhibit no stretch.
The blue sunburst dial with a Roman numeral minute track is absolutely stunning and is in overall great condition, there is a small mark above the hand stack that mostly blends in with the dial. The tritium lume plots remain bright white, exhibiting no patina, under U.V. light inspection the 6 and 7 o'clock lume plots show some degradation and the rest of the lume plots remain fully intact. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and display no degradation under U.V. light inspection.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.