1979 Rolex Day Date Tobacco Brown Vignette Diamond Dial Ref. 18038

Year of issue: 1979
Reference number: 18038
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: Dubai
Price in US $ 22,040


The Tobacco Dial      -      Vignette dials on Day Dates are just magical. Very few only know that these Degrade dials bear the same lacquer like on Stella dials coming from the same factory, Stella SA. Some even call them Stella dials. With a complicated centrifugal technique the degrade look was created. The concentrated color in the middle in combination with the black outer portion is definitively an eye catcher, something we don't see often. This particular example with the Tobacco brown dial is stunning and much more uncommon than the blue, red and green Vignette dials. The dial kind of melts together with the slightly patina'd and sharp, fat case.  This is a watch where pictures don't do justice. The reflections of the fluted bezel and diamonds on the dial give it a very warm vintage look, something you have to see in person. The lighting will do its magic.

SKU 3.2.067
Brand Rolex
Model Day Date Tobacco Brown Vignette Diamond Dial
Ref. No. 18038
Serial No. 5989XXX
Year 1979
Gender Gents
Case Size 36mm
Case Excellent 18K case with thick and even lugs. The finishing of the lugs doesn’t show any signs of polishing but if at all then very very lightly. The fluted bezel is in equally strong condition. Numbers between the lugs are clean and crisp
Bracelet / Strap Excellent President bracelet that only shows light wear from age. 20 links
Dial Excellent Tobacco brown Vignette Diamond dial with original Tritium lume on dial and hands
Price AED 81,000/ USD 22,040
Crystal Sapphire
Movement Automatic
Functions Day Date
Condition Very good
Box No
Papers No


Tariq Malik


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.