Rolex Day-Date 18038 'Onyx'

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The Rolex Day-Date with an Onyx dial definitely is one of the most desirable watches we have in store right now. If we would make a list of watches that people ask for the most, this spectacular and distinguishing watch will be number one without any doubt.During the medieval ages, onyx stones were better known as evil stones, a symbol of mourning and misery. Fortunately, those were different times. Nowadays, onyx is a very desirable mineral (especially, if completely black) that is used as a gemstone in jewellery. Or as in this case, in a watch.This 18038 dates back to the year 1978 and has a matching dial as it is signed 'T Swiss T' below the 6-hour position. Later on, Rolex started using 'Swiss' and after this 'Swiss Made'. We see these two quite often as the 'Swiss Made' was also used as an Onyx service dial. The 'T Swiss T' is the rarest of the three. This magnificent piece is powered by caliber 3055 and carries reference 18038, which tells us it’s gold, provided with sapphire crystal and equipped with a single quick-set function for the date. The watch has the perfect case size of 36 mm and is in excellent condition. The case as well as the President bracelet are still very sharp. Besides the day and date windows you’ll only find the golden text and closed hands.We don’t think this killer piece needs any more words, so we dare you to be the fastest and take this beauty home with you.


Rolex Day-DateThe very essence of luxurious time-keeping, provided with a day and date function. It was launched in 1956 as a niche model and was only produced in precious metals (yellow-, white- and rosegold or platinum). Its retail price was way costlier than any other Rolex model. However, due to its popularity among a lot of prestigious people, for example presidents (hence, its nickname), it became Rolex’ flagship model. Over the years this model has enjoyed associations with a wide variety of people, from world leaders, athletes, celebrities and mafiosi (like Tony Soprano). Regardless of the differences, they all had one thing in common: being successful in their area of expertise. Therefore, to this day the Day-Date is still synonymous with luxury, prestige, style and success. With exception of the most modern models, the Day-Date comes in at 36mm. Do you earn this watch?Reference 180XXThe 18XX references were replaced by the 180XX references in 1978. Again, a new era - both, aesthetically and technically - began for the Day-Date. Firstly, the plexi crystal got replaced by sapphire crystal (glass), which is harder and shines more than plexi crystal. Because of the use of glass the case also got slightly thicker providing the watch with a modern design. The classic pie pan shape of the dial got dropped and, instead, the flat dial was introduced. Furthermore, the concealed clasp already was an option since '72 but since '78, all President bracelets were standardly delivered with a concealed clasp. Last but not least, the caliber 3055 got introduced, which provided the watch with a single quickset function. From now on, the date could be adjusted separately from the time and day making the Day-Date a more convenient watch. The most common references are:

  • Reference 18026: Domed bezel (Platinum)
  • Reference 18028: Domed bezel
  • Reference 18038: Fluted bezel
  • Reference 18039: Fluted bezel (White gold)
  • Reference 18046: Diamond-set bezel and index (Platinum)
  • Reference 18048: Diamond-set bezel and index
  • Reference 18049: Diamond-set bezel and index (White gold)
  • Reference 18078: Bark-finished bezel (Often paired with President bracelet with bark-finished centerlinks)
  • Reference 18079: Bark-finished bezel (White gold) (Often paired with President bracelet with bark-finished centerlinks)


Packages are generally dispatched within 2 days after receipt of payment and are shipped within the Netherlands by Registered Mail through the Dutch carrier PostNL and for other countries by Fedex. Consult us if you prefer another method of shipping. For most destinations tracking is available.