1986 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 1986 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 93XXXXX
Size Men's
Material 18K Solid Gold
Dial Burlwood
Millimeters 36
Strap Rolex President 18k YG



The previously lightly polished case shows strong, even lugs exhibiting no wear from use. The 18k YG fluted bezel is in excellent condition showing little to no wear. The Rolex 18k YG President bracelet remains in unpolished condition, showing minimal stretch from light use and retains 22 links.


The burlwood dial is flawless, showing no delamination or cracking. The tritium filled hands show no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The metallic gold date wheel is era correct with 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.