1986 Rolex Day-Date (Ref. 18038) "Factory Blue Vignette Diamond Dial"
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 had been rumored that President a Dwight Eisenhower began wearing one. In reality, Eisenhower wore a Rolex 18K yellow gold Oyster Perpetual Datejust which Rolex gifted to him in 1950. However, the nickname President stuck and is quite fitting for the Day-Date as Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Reagan, Nixon all wore the Rolex Day-Date model. It has always been a symbol of status and luxury as the Rolex Day-Date is only made in precious metals most commonly 18k yellow gold and possesses both the day and date complications within the movement.
Rolex finds the perfect balance between luxury and functionality, and this 1986 Rolex Day-Date ref. 18038 with a factory blue vignette diamond 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. The diamond dial Rolex Day-Date is perfect for the enthusiast that has an appreciation for luxurious watchmaking with a subtle taste.
|Material||18K Solid Gold|
|Dial||Blue Vignette Diamond Dial|
|Strap||Rolex President 18k YG|
CASE & BRACELET
The 18k yellow gold case is thick with even lugs, and appears to have been lightly polished in the past with honest signs of use. The 18k yellow gold fluted bezel has been lightly polished in the past and shows some light signs of use. The sapphire crystal shows some light signs of use on its edges and can be replaced upon request. The 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet with 55 end pieces retains 22 links and shows some stretch and signs of use.
DIAL & HANDS
The factory blue vignette diamond dial is simply beautiful and in wonderful original condition. The diamond markers have been inspected for their clarity and remain original to the watch. The tritium lume plots have taken on a subtle ivory patina and show no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original gold tritium hands match the dial perfectly and show no lume loss or degradation under U.V. light inspection. The gold date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
None. The watch is functioning perfectly and keeping time within spec, previous service history is unknown.