1986 Rolex Day Date Onyx Dial Ref. 18038

Year of issue: 1986
Reference number: 18038
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: Dubai
Price in US $ 33,500


The Onyx Day Date - Rolex has manufactured these Hard Stone dials in very limited numbers and due to the nature of the materials we would classify them as Exotic dials. In our opinion they have been underappreciated in the past and collectors have now realized the rarity of these dials. The Onyx dial is known for its simplicity, its unique stealth look and its minimalist appearance like no other dial. The power of black and gold is second to none and is the epitome of a power on the wrist.  We are happy to have one of these in stock again, having hunted them down more often in the past, we can tell you that the market is dry and we only see a few pieces vanishing into private collections, the hunt is challenging. The offered example dates back to 1986 and is in great condition - if you have been looking for one, this is your chance.

SKU 3.2.056
Brand Rolex
Model Day Onyx
Ref. No. 18038
Serial No. 9357XXX
Year 1986
Gender Gents
Case Size 36mm
Case Very good condition case that has been polished in the past and is showing some wear from age. The reference and serial numbers are visible and fully intact
Bracelet / Strap Very good President bracelet showing some wear from age, 21 links. Clasp code is K, matching it with the case number and dating to 1986
Dial Excellent and original 'Swiss Made' Onyx dial with matching hands
Price AED 123,300/ USD 33,500
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.