Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 18, 2022

LOT 84


Ref. 18038, Oyster perpetual, Day-Date, Superlative chonometer officialy certified, Yellow gold

EUR 12,000 - 19,000

USD 13,600 - 21,500 / HKD 106,000 - 168,000 / CHF 12,500 - 19,800

Sold: EUR 20,800

Fine 18K yellow gold and diamond-set wristwatch, self-winding, center seconds. Polished and brushed lugs, screwed case back and winding crown, fluted bezel, crystal with cyclops lens. Cherry wood dial with applied diamond-set indexes, day and date aperture framed in applied gold, luminous baton hands.

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex

Model Day-Date

Reference 18038

Year Circa 1986

Movement No. 1501769

Case No. 9419238

Bracelet 18K Yellow gold President bracelet with folding clasp with diamond in the Rolex crown, approx. length 145 mm, additional links

Diameter 36 mm.

Caliber Rolex 3035

Weight 133,5 gr. (approx.)

Signature Case, dial and movement

Accessories Box, Guarantee and 2 additional links


Considered as the most luxurious everyday dress-watch model of Rolex, the Day-date was introduced in 1956. The reference 18038 was produced from 1977 to 1988. It is the first reference to be equipped with a sapphire crystal glass. Besides, the manufacture added the calibre 3055 with the newly developed quick-set date function. With its “President” bracelet, this wristwatch was produced in 1986. What makes it exceptional is the rare exotic wood dial, which could be seen reminiscent of the dashboards of luxury cars. After the hard-stone dial and lacquer dial, so-called stella, Rolex continued with their dial material experimentation in the 1970s with burl wood dials. The first wood dials were introduced to a wider public with the 18038 Day-Date, and the Datejusts of the same era.