*Unpolished* 1979 Rolex Day-Date (Ref. 18038) 18k YG Lapis 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.

*Unpolished* 1979 Rolex Day-Date (Ref. 18038) 18k YG Lapis Dial

In 1977, Rolex updated the iconic Day-Date model aka the President by introducing Ref. 18038 which introduced some major changes to the Day-Date line of watches, including the introduction of a sapphire crystal and the quick set date function aka the "single quick" which was the result of Rolex using a new movement, the Rolex caliber 3055.

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 61XXXXX
Size Men's
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial Lapis Stone
Millimeters 36
Strap Rolex President 18k YG



The strong 18k yellow gold case remains sharp and is believed to remain unpolished, showing honest signs of use. The 18k yellow gold fluted bezel remains in excellent unpolished condition as well, showing light signs of honest use. The caseback retains its original factory finishing and all of the hallmarks remain in deep and visible condition. The 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet is in remarkable condition displaying only very slight stretch from use and retains 24 links.


The stunning and vibrant blue Lapis stone dial creates an incredible contrast with the yellow gold case. The dial itself is in flawless condition showing no cracks, scratches, or imperfections. The natural grain of the stone transitions to a lighter coloration towards the bottom of the dial, helping add to the beauty of these unique and organic dials. The solid yellow gold hands are in flawless condition as well. The date wheel is correct with open 6's and 9's, the day wheel is in English.


None. The watch is keeping time within COSC spec.