1983 Rolex Day Date Red Vignette Diamond Dial Ref. 18038 (with Papers and Hang Tags)
Momentum by AIX Tempora, Ltd.
ICD Brookfield Place, Al Mustaqbal St, DIFC, POBox 506645
United Arab Emirates
We think of Havana - This wonderful 18038 dates back to 1983 and is in stunning condition. The 18K yellow gold case is in superb condition and shows that it has not been worn much. The case remains well proportioned with rich and even lugs, the edges and bezel are very crisp. Looking at the overall proportions of the case it is safe to say that this watch hasn't seen much wrist time. The gold has aged to a beautiful rose color which usually only happens when the watch has been stored for a very long time. Now to the highlight of this watch. The case is fitted with a Red Vignette Diamond dial, also called degrade dial because of the degrading color in the middle of the dial which becomes darker towards the edge of the dial. The warm rose color aged gold in combination with the Red Vignette dial is incredibly powerful. This is the kind of watch which is your companion on a nice cigar evening.
|Model||Day Date Red Vignette Diamond Dial|
|Case||Excellent and very fat 18K case that has possibly not been polished. The lugs remain rich with sharp edges and excellent proportions. The fluted bezel is equally in excellent condition.The color of the gold has taken on a rose hue over time which only happens if the watch was not worn much and stored for a long time.|
|Bracelet / Strap||Excellent matching President bracelet with only little wear from age that comes with full links. The clasp code is F, dating it to 1981.|
|Dial||Excellent Red Vignette Diamond dial. The Tritium dots are original and there is a partial loss of the lume dots at 4 and 10.The hands are original and matching the lumes on the dial|
|Papers||Warranty Certificate & hang tags
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.