1989 Rolex Day-Date 18k YG (Ref. 18238) Ferrite Dial W/ Papers & Booklets

On an extremely limited basis, Rolex manufactured timepieces featuring exotic materials. Such as dials made from various minerals, woods, and stones 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 1988 Rolex released the cal. 3155 also known as the double "quick-set" which allows the quick setting of the day and date complications by rotating clockwise/counterclockwise while in position 2 making the setting of the watch quick and easy.  

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

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 18238
Serial L3XXXXX
Size Men's
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial Ferrite Stone
Millimeters 36
Strap Rolex President 18k YG



The 18K yellow gold case appears to have been previously very gently polished and retains extremely thick and syymetrical lugs that show light signs of use. The 18K yellow gold fluted bezel is unpolished with crisp lines throughout. The case back is in overall excellent condition. The 18K yellow gold Rolex 8385 Presidential bracelet retains 22 links with no stretch and will fit up to a 7 inch wrist.


The original and stunning ferrite stone dial features an incredible natural grain and is in flawless original condition with no cracks or damage present whatsoever. The text on the dial is all present and the non-luminous hands and Roman numeral markers are in perfect condition as well.


Included with the purchase of the watch is its original Rolex Guarantee papers, a green leather Rolex document holder, booklets, and a chronometer seal hang tag.