1999 Rolex Day Date White Gold Bark Finish Ref. 18249
White Gold Bark - The Day Date has exclusively been produced in precious metals (with exceptions of a few stainless steel prototypes which we will ignore for this moment) and we estimate more than 75% of all Day Dates to have been manufactured in yellow gold. In the 5-digit era from 1978-1999 Rolex never produced any examples in rose gold so we will ignore those as well for now. The remaining are in white gold and platinum. The Bark (1807) finish was already introduced in the 1970s and together with the Florentine (1811) and Morellis (1806) were the three models which bear factory case and bracelet decorations. In the later sapphire crystal era then the 1811 and 1806 finish was discontinued and only the Bark (18078 and 18249) was available. The Bark finished references were not produced in big numbers and for sure become much rarer in white gold. The current example is such a watch, a 18249 reference featuring the double quick set function. The bezel and center links of the bracelet feature the 'wood' like carved decoration referring to the Bark finish. Whereas usually the dial will make a Day Date rare, here the case and bracelet decorations stand out. The carvings bestow the watch with some extra glamour, a glamour that will be very quickly noticed by Day Date lovers as its not seen much around.
|Model||Day Date 18249 White Gold Bark|
|Case||Very nice vintage condition case that has been polished in the past and is showing some wear from age. The numbers between the lugs are readable and fully intact. The Bark finish bezel is nicely intact and only shows little wear from age|
|Bracelet / Strap||Very good President bracelet with Bark finished center links. The bracelet is showing moderate stretch from age and has 21 links|
|Dial||Excellent silver diamond dial which has turned into a very light champagne hue|
|Price||AED 121,200 / USD 33,000
Arguably one of the most iconic watches ever made, the Day-Date aka the Rolex President was introduced in 1956 and was the first to feature both the day and date in dedicated windows on the dial.
The Day-Date is the top model in the Rolex line-up and comes in an array of configurations with rare and special dials and case decorations. It has only ever been made in precious metals with Automatic movements and historically with an elegant diameter of 36mm - the perfect size for an iconic dress watch.