1986 Rolex Day Date Lapis Dial Ref. 18038 (with Rolex Service papers and Box)

Year of issue: 1986
Reference number: 18038
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: Dubai
Price in US $ 36,500


Starry Sky      -  this Rolex Day Date 18038 from 1986 is one hell of a watch. It houses a beautiful original Lapis dial, maybe one of the most beautiful examples we have seen. The dial has a very strong and consistent blue color with areas of gold sparkles. The color in the sunlight is just stunning and blends beautifully with the golden case. Further the dial is correctly signed T Swiss T featuring also matching Tritium hands. The overall condition of the watch is very good, strong case with a bracelet that is not showing much wear from age. To make this a bit more attractive, the watch comes with box and Rolex Service papers. If you look up the Lapis Day Date on the internet, you will see that most of the examples are marked 'Custom' the reason is that real examples are extremely hard to find.

SKU 1.1.994
Brand Rolex
Model Day Date
Ref. No. 18038
Serial No. 9312XXX
Year 1986
Gender Gents
Case Size 36mm
Case Excellent and sharp 18K case with well defined lugs and crisp edges.The fluted bezel is also in very good condition. Numbers between the lugs are clear and fully intact
Bracelet / Strap Very good matching President bracelet showing moderate wear from age. The bracelet has 23 links and clasp code is J10 dating it to 1985
Dial Excellent original lapis dial marked T Swiss T and with matching Tritium hands. The dial is beautiful without major dark areas and with decent but prominent gold sprinkles. There are three very tiny hairlines above the day window,impossible to detect with the naked eye and only visible upon high magnification
Price AED 135,000 / USD 36,500
Crystal Sapphire
Movement Automatic
Functions Day Date
Condition Very good
Box President Box
Papers Rolex Service Papers from japan, 2002


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.