1964 Rolex Oyster-Perpetual (Ref. 1018) "36mm Case"

Often referred to as the sibling to the ref. 1016 Explorer—the Rolex Oyster-Perpetual ref. 1018 is quite the anomaly for its era and has a cult-like following all its own. What makes the ref. 1018 so alluring to the collector community is a culmination of several factors and in many enthusiast’s eyes the ref. 1018 is the best of both models, with the 36mm case of the Explorer and the sophisticated symmetry of the Oyster-Perpetual line. While these changes to the Oyster-Perpetual may seem incremental on paper, in the metal the presence of the ref. 1018 is completely unique in comparison to the 34mm counterparts of the reference. It is also apparent that very few of the Rolex ref. 1018 were produced as the overall availability of the reference is noticeably scarce, however, it is always a treat when a good example pops up.

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This Rolex Oyster-Perpetual ref. 1018 would make a great start for a new vintage collector, or be a great addition to an expanding collection as a daily driver and would provide a classic feel while bringing a unique look while worn on the wrist. 


Stock # RLXOP1018-4
Brand Rolex
Style Oyster-Perpetual
Model 1018
Serial 11XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Silver
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 7206 Oyster Rivet Bracelet W/ 75 End Pieces


The impressive, large case retains very symmetrical and full lugs that exhibit minimal evidence of previous polishing with crisp finishing throughout and gentle signs of previous wear. The smooth stainless steel bezel remains in clean and sharp condition. The original Rolex 7206 Oyster rivet bracelet with 75 end pieces is stamped 1.65 and retains 10 links that show no stretch and will fit up to a 6 3/4-inch wrist.


The clean and sophisticated original silver sunburst dial is in exceptional condition, showing no damage or notable signs of age. The tritium lume plots feature a handsome creamy yellow patina, under UV light inspection the 2, 3, and 6'clock markers remain intact but exhibit minor degradation while the rest of the lume plots remain fully intact. The original tritium dauphine hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation when inspected under UV light.


None. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.