1978 Rolex Day Date Red Stella Ref. 18038 (Full Set)

Year of issue: 1978
Reference number: 18038
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Dubai
Price in US $ n/a


Stella on Fire      -       When we speak about a Stella dial then immediately our mind goes Tuttifrutti, picturing exotic colors and a smile on our face. The introduction of colorful hard enamel in the 70s was a bold move by Rolex,  something we wouldn't necessarily expect from the brand. The name Stella dial was not just made up by collectors but derived from the company who made the lacquer for these, Stella SA. These dials have always been rare but only recently gained more attraction by seasoned collectors and people who just love beautiful watches. Offered here is a absolute pristine example of a Rolex Day Date 18038 with a Fire Red Stella dial. The color on this one is superb, very vibrant in combination with the golden print, which is much rarer than black print. The gilt print is very prominent and and goes very well with the original creamy lumes which are also matching the hands. The case and bracelet are mint, not showing much wear from age and still retain the beautiful factory finishing.  All in all this is a top quality watch and looks like fire on the wrist. To add cream on top, this watch comes with a full links bracelet and in a superb super full set including original box, punched certificate, booklets, Service invoices and Rolex wallet. We are happy to offer this astonishing watch in a very attractive collector's set.

SKU 1.1.879
Brand Rolex
Model Day Date Red Stella dial
Ref. No. 18038
Serial No. 5253XXX
Year 1978
Gender Gents
Case Size 36mm
Case Excellent and mint 18K case that has possibly polished lightly if at all. The lugs remain straight and even with beautiful edges not showing much wear from age. Numbers between the lugs are crisp and fully intact. The fluted bezel is also in excellent condition
Bracelet / Strap Excellent 18k President bracelet with minimal stretch from age. The links are crisp and beautifully show the factory finishing. The bracelet has 7 screws indicating that its in it original full length.
Dial Excellent and original Red Stella dial with rare gilt print. The surface of the dial is free of any sort of hairlines, scratches or cracks, being near flawless even under magnification. The lumes on the dial are perfect and have taken on a yellowish-creamy color.  The hands are perfectly matching the lume on the dial.
Price Sold
Crystal Sapphire
Movement Automatic
Functions Day, Date
Condition Mint
Box Orig. Rolex Box & Carton
Papers Orig. punched Warranty Certificate & booklets, hang tags, leather wallet, tin box


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In 1956, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date made its debut. Available only in 18 ct gold or platinum, it was the first wristwatch to display the date and day of the week spelt out in full in a window on the dial. With the President bracelet, originally created specially for it, the Day-Date continues to be the watch par excellence of influential people.


Rolex watches have long been associated with those who have, over time, guided the destiny of the world. No matter their vision, their domain of excellence, or their achievements, the one thing these exceptional men and women have in common is often their watch: the Day-Date.