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Rolex Oyster-Perpetual Ref. 1018 Tropical Gilt
Wow, that dial !
The dial is one of the most significant determinants of value and desirability in vintage watches. When the watch in case is as minimalist as a Ref. 1018 Oyster Perpetual, the dial becomes even more prominent and important. And boy, this one exceeds all expectations…
This is a tropical gilt dial. Not gilt-printed, like many vintage-inspired modern watches. This is actual gilt, meaning a brass dial that first has its printing done in transparent lacquer, to be black galvanized later. The result is text and minute markers in exposed brass, within the black surrounds. A very attractive and desirable dial style that was typical for the sixties.
But then this example has patinated over time to form a fade from coffee brown to caramel. Tropical dials come in many forms, but this one is absolutely stunning. Come and check it out in real life if you can, it is well worth the effort.
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