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Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978

Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978

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This full set example is undoubtedly the best example of the Rolex Day-Date 18038 we've ever seen!

The Rolex Day-Date is one of the most iconic timepieces in the world. First released in 1956, the Day-Date quickly rose to prominence thanks to its elegant design and its status as the first wristwatch to offer both a day and date display.

Since its inception the Day-Date has only ever been made using precious metals such as gold or platinum – no steel versions have ever been produced. This gives it a luxurious feel that's synonymous with the Rolex name.

The reference 18038 is a five-digit reference that took over from the ref. 1803. It was released in 1977 and featured an all-new movement with a higher frequency and Quickset function. It was in production for just over a decade before it was discontinued in 1988, making it one of the longest-running references in Day-Date history.

The model number – "18038" – contains some interesting information about this particular watch. Firstly, we can see that it's from the fourth generation of Day-Dates "180XX", in fact it was the first of the fourth generation Day-Dates released. Secondly, the "3" tells us that it has a fluted bezel. Finally, we know that this is a 18k yellow gold watch because of the "8" at the end.

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Key Information

Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978

Technical Information

Key Information:

  • Brand: Rolex
  • Model: Day-Date
  • Ref.: 18038
  • Year: 1978
  • SKU: 1840


  • Movement Calibre: 3055
  • Movement Type: Automatic
  • Case Size: 36mm

Box and Papers:

  • Original Box & Papers

Condition Report

Condition report

This is unquestionably the best condition vintage Day-Date we've ever seen! Presented in excellent condition throughout having been barely worn throughout its life. The case is sharp and free from any significant scratches, while the dial and hands are both pristine. The bracelet which will fit wrists upto 16cm still retains the leather clasp protector. The movement was fully serviced and appears to have had minimal use. The watch comes complete with its original box, paperwork and Rolex writing pad.

If you're looking for a vintage Rolex that epitomises classic elegance, then you can't go wrong with the Day-Date reference 18038. Introduced in 1977, this watch quickly became popular among collectors thanks to its sleek design and functional features like its quick-set movement and sapphire crystal glass. While it's no longer in production, the ref.18038 remains one of Rolex's most iconic timepieces - and an excellent choice for anyone looking for a sophisticated watch that will stand the test of time.

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