1998 Rolex Day Date ‘Jurassic Park’ Ref. 18238 (with Box & Papers)

Year of issue: 1998
Reference number: 18238
Condition: mint
Status: available
Dealer country: Dubai
Price in US $ 42,700


The Fossil Day Date      -      yes, though its tough to believe that Rolex went that far to use millions of years old petrified fossils for their dials but as we can see here, they did, and we are not surprised. We don't believe there are many of these out there. Slicing a piece of fossilized stone, cutting and stone setting it does not sound like many of these have survived manufacturing.  This fossilized stone is absolute mesmerizing. you only see the fossilized stone when under magnification, with the naked eye it looks like a very finely dotted piece of stone and the gilt print only enhances the look, paired with the 10 diamonds we find on the dial. The watch is a feast for the eyes and looks so good. We are happy to offer this exceptionally rare Day Date with box and correct punched papers from Paris.

SKU 3.2.096
Brand Rolex
Model Day Date 'Jurassic Park'
Ref. No. 18238
Serial No. U363XXX
Year 1998
Gender Gents
Case Size 36mm
Case Excellent case that has been lightly polished in the past. The lugs are straight and well proportioned still showing beautiful and sharp edges. The fluted bezel is crisp and sharp. Numbers between the lugs are clean and fully intact
Bracelet / Strap Excellent matching President bracelet with little wear from age. The stretch is moderate for a 20+ years old watch.  The clasp code is W, dating it to 1995, the bracelet comes with 20 links
Dial Excellent original Fossil Stone dial, also known as 'Jurassic Park ' dial. The dial is correctly marked 'Swiss Made' and comes with No-lume handset
Price AED 157,000 / USD 42,700
Crystal Sapphire
Movement Automatic
Functions Day Date
Condition Mint
Box Rolex Box
Papers Orig. punched Warranty Certificate, dated and stamped by Arfan in Paris. Booklet


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.