*Unpolished* 1986 Rolex Day-Date 18K YG (Ref. 18038) Onyx Stone Dial W/ Box & Papers

$ 39,500

1991 Rolex Day-Date (Ref. 18238) 18k YG Onyx Dial

On an extremely limited basis, Rolex manufactured timepieces featuring exotic materials. Such as dials made from various minerals, woods, and stone including; black onyx, burl wood, lapis lazuli, birch, fossil, coral, aventurine, and ferrite, among others… These exotic variants are always strikingly vivid with a minimalist design and each exotic variant was produced in very limited numbers. With rarity varying between materials, the more rare the material was, the less Rolex produced.

In 1977 Rolex updated the iconic Day-Date model aka the "President" with the ref. 18038, or 18039 for white gold, which featured some major changes to the Day-Date line of watches. The first of the major updates was the introduction of a sapphire crystal, but the biggest improvement was the introduction of the Cal. 3055 movement. This new and improved movement features a quick-set date function within the second position of the winding crown, landing this era with the nickname the "Single-Quick" Day-Date.

Good examples of these exotic Rolex Day-Date references have become exponentially harder to find because of a cult following surrounding them, and a lack of circulation due to the coveted value each unique dial retains. In other words, collectors love these watches and rarely sell them, so when they come up for sale it’s always special.

Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Day-Date
Model 18038
Serial 91XXXXX
Size Men's
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial Onyx Stone
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 8385 18K YG President Bracelet



The impressive 18K yellow gold case remains in incredibly crisp condition and is believed to remain unpolished, showing honest signs of gentle use. The 18K yellow gold fluted bezel also remains in excellent condition with minimal signs of previous use present. The case back retains its original finishing in crisp condition. The Rolex 8385 18K yellow gold President bracelet retains 21 links that exhibit very minor stretch and will fit up to a 6 3/4-inch wrist. Additional links can be purchased if requested.


The original deep black Onyx stone dial is simply incredible with no scratches or cracks present whatsoever. The only imperfection on the dial is minor text print loss of the "M" in "Chronometer". The original tritium yellow gold hands remain are in excellent condition as well, with no degradation present under UV light inspection.


The watch comes complete with its original inner and outer boxes, Rolex guarantee paper, serialized hangtag, and booklets. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.