1978 Rolex Day Date White Gold Birch Wood Dial Ref. 18039
Momentum by AIX Tempora, Ltd.
ICD Brookfield Place, Al Mustaqbal St, DIFC, POBox 506645
United Arab Emirates
Woody Woodpecker - what we have here is a really rare bird, the Rolex Day Date Reference 18039 in white gold, but not just any. The presented watch is in mint condition and retaining sharp and crisp from any angle. With the very little stretch showing on the bracelet we assume that it was only worn occasionally. The dial in this 18039 is a rare Birch Wood dial with a very warm and bright color. The dial is in new condition and does not show any blemishes or wear. The wood dials are sensitive to humidity and many you see around show waves which become detectable by gaps at the edges. This one however probably never came even close to humidity and remains in impeccable condition. The fact that the hands, indexes and crown are in silver color, means the dial was made in very small numbers specifically for a white metal watch, this enhances the rarity tremendously. The idea of having a piece of wood in your watch is kind of bizarre but it also makes it quite unique, especially because two pieces of wood are never the same. This watch is a conversation opener and you will love to speak about it.
|Case||Excellent 18K White Gold case that is only showing very light wear from age. The lugs remain healthy and well defined retaining sharp lines and crisp edges. The fluted bezel is also in excellent condition, case numbers are clear and fully intact|
|Bracelet / Strap||Excellent matching white gold President bracelet showing only minor wear from age. 19 links|
|Dial||Excellent and original Birch Wood dial with original Tritium hands|
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.