1980 Rolex Day Date 'Like New' with Burl Wood Dial Ref. 18038
The Burl Wood - When you think about it, Rolex has used the most exotic materials for their dials. Starting from hard stone, Stella, gem-set, gilt and many more. One of the most interesting types is the wood dial. Its very bizarre to have a dial made of wood as we see it on our furniture and floors. But yet, when Rolex makes a dial they make it so good. The offered watch has a Burl Wood dial, a type of wood with interesting properties, often used for decoration or accessories. The color is warm and dark, blends beautifully with the golden print and indexes. The dial is in immaculate and mint condition and does not show any wear from age. Many wood dials have curved over time because of humidity and water impact, this one is flat and straight, like when it left the factory. One very distinctive characteristic on wood dials is that the hour indexes are not really in baton shape they are slim and actually have the same length like the minute markers. This creates a completely new look as this does not appear much on other dial types. The day disc is in Spanish language . The watch is in overall mint condition and we dare to use the words 'Like New' as it probably has hardly seen wrist time, has never been polished before and does not show much wear from age. The case back sticker is still partially present. This beautiful Burl Wood Day Date is one of the best ones we have seen in a while in all aspects, aesthetics, condition and configuration.
|Model||Day Date Burl Wood dial|
|Case||Excellent and unpolished 18K case that is retained like new. The factory finish is fully visible and part of the case back sticker is still present.|
|Bracelet / Strap||Excellent unpolished and mint President bracelet hardly showing any stretch, the bracelet has 23 links|
|Dial||Flawless Burl wood dial with gilt print. The hands are original and the luminous has aged to a beautiful brown color. The day display is in Spanish|
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.