1979 Rolex Day-Date (Ref. 18038) “Burlwood Dial”

For a short period of time in the 70s and 80s, Rolex manufactured timepieces featuring exotic materials including dials made from a variety of minerals, woods, and stones.  Burlwood, Black Onyx, African Mahogany, Lapis Lazuli, and Birch were all used for dials during this time. Most commonly these watches were produced in 18K yellow gold. These variants are always strikingly vivid with high contrast and minimalist design. Because these exotic dials were only in production for a short time, they have always been highly collectible. Good examples of these original references are becoming increasingly difficult to find. 

1985 Rolex Day Date Onyx Dial (Ref. 18038) 18k YG

This specific 1979 Day Date ref 18038 is absolutely stunning and would make a great addition to an existing collection or as a stand-alone watch that is strikingly different and employs the use of mixed natural materials. This rare Day-Date is sure to be a stand out among the executive crowd and will always remain sought after.

Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Day Date
Model 18038
Serial 62XXXXX
Size Men's
Material 18K Solid Gold
Dial Burlwood
Millimeters 36
Strap Rolex President 18k YG



The strong 18k YG case remains in stunning condition showing thick and even lugs. The YG fluted bezel remains unpolished in excellent condition showing no wear. The hidden clasp 18k YG President style bracelet is in wonderful condition exhibiting minimal stretch and wear. 


The original burlwood dial is flawless, showing no delamination or cracking that is sometimes common with the Rolex wood dials of this era. the tritium filled hands show no degradation when viewed under U.V. light. The date wheel possesses the era correct open 6' and 9's.


None. Watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec. The watch will come with a one year warranty on accurate timekeeping.