Rolex Day-Date 18038 'Golden Embroidery'

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The Day-Date with ‘Golden Embroidery’ dial is one of the finest examples of Rolex craftsmanship.A yellow-gold Day-Date is plenty special by itself, but sometimes we just want to go that extra mile. The ultra-rare ‘Golden Embroidery’ Day-Date offers one the most intricately designed dial options ever made by Rolex. Crafted from 18k yellow-gold, the open-worked and engraved dial features an elaborate floral motif and luxurious brilliant-cut diamond setting. Due to the alternating cut-outs, facets, and diamonds, the dial offers a mesmerising juxtaposition between light and shadow.This 18038 dates back to 1988 and comes in the classic Day-Date packaging: a beautiful 36 mm 18k yellow-gold case with a fluted bezel and a matching 18k yellow-gold President bracelet with concealed clasp. The watch houses Rolex’ caliber 3055 self-winding movement with a single-quickset function, allowing for the independent adjustment of the date disc. The watch is in excellent condition, with a super sharp case and exceptionally tight bracelet.


Rolex Day-DateIn 1956, Rolex introduced one the most iconic watches ever made: the Day-Date. The Day-Date was the first waterproof self-winding chronometer certified wristwatch with a day and date function. And to top it off, it was only available in gold or platinum! Rolex also designed a new three-link bracelet, known as the ‘President,’ to pair with this special watch. With exception of the most modern executions, the Day-Date comes exclusively in a 36mm case.Reference 18xxxThe arrival of the 18xxx series Day-Dates in 1978 ushered in the first signs of the ‘modern’ watchmaking era for Rolex. These Day-Dates were the first regular production Rolex watches to receive a sturdy and scratch resistant sapphire crystal. To accommodate the new crystal, the iconic Oyster case had to be increased in thickness as well, giving the Day-Date a more modern look.Other significant developments were the change from the beloved pie-pan dials to the new flat dials and the unveiling of a brand new movement. The caliber 3055 introduced a single quickset function, which meant that the date could finally be adjusted separately from the time and date.Like its predecessors, the 18xxx Day-Dates were available with different bezel and case decorations. The most common references are:

  • Ref. 18026: Domed bezel (platinum)
  • Ref. 18028: Domed bezel
  • Ref. 18038: Fluted bezel
  • Ref. 18039: Fluted bezel (white gold)
  • Ref. 18046: Diamond-set bezel and index (platinum)
  • Ref. 18048: Diamond-set bezel and index
  • Ref. 18049: Diamond-set bezel and index (white gold)
  • Ref. 18078: Bark-finished bezel in yellow gold (usually paired with President bracelet with bark-finished centerlinks)
  • Ref. 18079: Bark-finished bezel in white gold (usually paired with President bracelet with bark-finished centerlinks)


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