1978 Rolex Day Date Red Stella Ref. 18038 (Full Set)
Momentum by AIX Tempora, Ltd.
ICD Brookfield Place, Al Mustaqbal St, DIFC, POBox 506645
United Arab Emirates
Stella on Fire - When we speak about a Stella dial then immediately our mind goes Tuttifrutti, picturing exotic colors and a smile on our face. The introduction of colorful hard enamel in the 70s was a bold move by Rolex, something we wouldn't necessarily expect from the brand. The name Stella dial was not just made up by collectors but derived from the company who made the lacquer for these, Stella SA. These dials have always been rare but only recently gained more attraction by seasoned collectors and people who just love beautiful watches. Offered here is a absolute pristine example of a Rolex Day Date 18038 with a Fire Red Stella dial. The color on this one is superb, very vibrant in combination with the golden print, which is much rarer than black print. The gilt print is very prominent and and goes very well with the original creamy lumes which are also matching the hands. The case and bracelet are mint, not showing much wear from age and still retain the beautiful factory finishing. All in all this is a top quality watch and looks like fire on the wrist. To add cream on top, this watch comes with a full links bracelet and in a superb super full set including original box, punched certificate, booklets, Service invoices and Rolex wallet. We are happy to offer this astonishing watch in a very attractive collector's set.
|Model||Day Date Red Stella dial|
|Case||Excellent and mint 18K case that has possibly polished lightly if at all. The lugs remain straight and even with beautiful edges not showing much wear from age. Numbers between the lugs are crisp and fully intact. The fluted bezel is also in excellent condition|
|Bracelet / Strap||Excellent 18k President bracelet with minimal stretch from age. The links are crisp and beautifully show the factory finishing. The bracelet has 7 screws indicating that its in it original full length.|
|Dial||Excellent and original Red Stella dial with rare gilt print. The surface of the dial is free of any sort of hairlines, scratches or cracks, being near flawless even under magnification. The lumes on the dial are perfect and have taken on a yellowish-creamy color. The hands are perfectly matching the lume on the dial.|
|Box||Orig. Rolex Box & Carton
|Papers||Orig. punched Warranty Certificate & booklets, hang tags, leather wallet, tin box
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.