Day-Date 18038 single quickset
Day-Date 180** single quickset
In 1978 Rolex Rolex introduced the successor of the 1803 Day-Date, the 5-digit Day-Date with a single quickset function.
At first sight, the 180*** looks very similar to the 1803. The dial lost its pie-pan shape and in the 180** was the first to receive the sapphire crystal. It holds the more advanced Rolex caliber 3055 movement, which ticks at 28800vph and features a quickset for the date. This way, at least the wearer could quickly advance the date on his Day-Date. The weekday complication still needed to be set by moving the hour and minute hands. There are a lot of sub-references for the 18000 series, such as white and yellow gold, barked or with diamonds and not forgot about all the special configurations. The 18000-series is produced for 10 years, as the successor was introduced in 1988.
Here are some of the options, where the fifth digit always defines the material.
- Reference 18026: Domed bezel (Platinum)
- Reference 18028: Domed bezel (Yellow gold)
- Reference 18038: Fluted bezel (Yellow Gold)
- Reference 18039: Fluted bezel (White gold)
- Reference 18039B: Fluted bezel (tridor)
- Reference 18046: Diamond-set bezel and index (Platinum)
- Reference 18048: Diamond-set bezel and index
- Reference 18049: Diamond-set bezel and index (White gold)
- Reference 18078: Bark-finished bezel (Yellow Gold)
- Reference 18079: Bark-finished bezel (White Gold)