"Tropical" 1996 Rolex Day-Date 18K YG (Ref. 18238) Black Dial W/ Papers, Booklets, & Hang Tags
The Rolex Day-Date is one of the most iconic and beautiful watches in the Rolex catalog. The Rolex Day-Date earned the nickname "President" after it was rumored President Dwight Eisenhower wore one, but Eisenhower actually wore a Rolex 18K yellow gold Oyster-Perpetual Datejust which Rolex gifted to him in 1953. However, the nickname "President" is quite fitting for the Day-Date as Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Reagan, Nixon, and Roosevelt, all wore the Rolex Day-Date. Apart from its executive affiliation, the Day-Date is a symbol of status and luxury, only produced in highly refined precious metals including 18K yellow, white, and rose gold and also platinum, featuring both the day and date complications within the movement.
Rolex introduced the cal. 3155 in 1988, this movement featured an updated double-quickset complication allowing the user to set both the day and date complications quickly. While in position two of the crown, rotating the crown clockwise with promptly change the date, while counterclockwise will quickly change the day.
Rolex finds the perfect balance between luxury and functionality, and this 1995 Rolex Day-Date ref. 18238 with a "tropical" black sunburst dial is proof of that. There is always rigorous testing of approval for any materials used by Rolex, therefore only the finest materials are used to make Rolex watches. This ref. 18238 in particular is complete with all of its original papers and accessories while remaining in exceptional condition with a stunning black dial that boasts a unique "tropical" patina.
|Material||18K Yellow Gold|
|Strap||Rolex 8385 18K YG President Bracelet|
The exceptional and robust 18K yellow gold case retains extremely thick lugs that are symmetrical in presence, with honest signs of light use present and minimal signs of previous polishing shown. The 18K yellow gold fluted bezel is impressively crisp, showing minimal signs of previous use while remaining in excellent condition overall. The case back retains its factory geometry. The original Rolex 8385 18K yellow gold President bracelet retains 24 links that show light stretch and will fit up to a 7 3/4-inch wrist.
The original black sunburst dial is breathtaking, featuring a subtle yet beautiful "tropical" patina that reveals itself in sunlight and gives the watch a truly unique and artistic aesthetic. The dial itself is in flawless condition, with no damage present, and the only element of age is the patina that enhances the watch. The tritium lume plots are an ivory color and display no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium yellow gold hands match the dial perfectly with no degradation present under U.V. light inspection.
The watch comes complete with its original Rolex guarantee paper, booklets, serialized hang tag, and chronometer seal hang tag. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by our 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.