1986 Rolex Day Date Onyx Ref. 18038
The Onyx Day Date - Rolex has manufactured these Hard Stone dials in very limited numbers and due to the nature of the materials we would classify them as Exotic dials. In our opinion they have been underappreciated for a long time and collectors have now realized the rarity of these dials. The Onyx dial is known for its simplicity, its unique stealth look and its minimalist appearance like no other dial. The power of black and gold is second to none and though there are no gems fitted on the dial or case, this is a very glamorous watch We are happy to have one of these in stock again, having hunted them down more often in the past, we can tell you that the market is dry and we only see a few pieces vanishing into private collections, the hunt is challenging. The offered example dates back to 1986 and is in great condition - if you have been looking for one, this is your chance.
|Model||Day Date Onyx|
|Case||Excellent 18K case that shows only very light wear from age. The fluted bezel is also in excellent condition. The lugs are strong and well defined, showing clear numbers inbetween. The green case back sticker is fully present|
|Bracelet / Strap||Excellent and very sharp President bracelet showing very little wear from age. Clasp code is K2 dating it to 1982. 22 links|
|Dial||Excellent and flawless original Onyx dial with matching 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.