1978 Rolex Day Date Brown Vignette Dial Ref. 18038
Momentum by AIX Tempora, Ltd.
ICD Brookfield Place, Al Mustaqbal St, DIFC, POBox 506645
United Arab Emirates
The Tobacco Dial - Vignette dials on Day Dates are just magical. Very few only know that these Degrade dials bear the same lacquer like on Stella dials coming from the same factory, Stella SA. Some even call them Stella dials. With a complicated centrifugal technique the degrade look was created. The concentrated color in the middle in combination with the black outer portion is definitively an eye catcher, something we don't see often. This particular example with the Tobacco brown dial is stunning and much more uncommon than the blue, red and green Vignette dials. The dial kind of melts together with the slightly patina'd sharp and unpolished case in close to new condition. This is a watch where pictures don't do justice. The reflections of the fluted bezel and diamonds on the dial give it a very warm vintage look, something you have to see in person. The lighting will do its magic.
|Case||Excellent unpolished case in close to new condition. The lugs are retaining beautiful factory finishing with sharp and crisp lines. The case back sticker is still present and case numbers are clear.|
|Bracelet / Strap||Excellent matching President bracelet that remains unpolished and shows little to no stretch. 23 links|
|Dial||Excellent Tobacco Brown Vignette dial with original Tritium dots and matching hands. The day disc is in Portuguese language|
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.