Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978
Rolex Day-Date 18038, 1978

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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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the basics

Brand

Rolex

Model:

Day-Date

Reference:

18038

Year:

1978

SKU:

1840

THE CASE

Case Size (excluding crown):

36mm

Case Material:

18K Gold

MOVEMENT

Movement Type:

Automatic

Movement Calibre:

3055

CONDITION

Case Condition:

Very Good

Dial Condition:

Very Good

Glass Condition:

Very Good

Strap Condition:

Very Good

THE STRAP

Material:

18K Gold

Additional Information

Box & Papers:

Original Box & Papers

Brand

Rolex

Model:

Day-Date

Reference:

18038

Year:

1978

SKU:

1840

Case Size (excluding crown):

36mm

Case Material:

18K Gold

Movement Type:

Automatic

Movement Calibre:

3055

Case Condition:

Very Good

Dial Condition:

Very Good

Glass Condition:

Good

Strap Condition:

New

Material:

18K Gold

Box & Papers:

Original Box & Papers

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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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Whilst all our watches are fully serviced before sale, if something does go wrong, we'll repair it for free as part of our 1 year warranty

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It depends on the individual watch. You can see details under "The Basics" heading on this page. For the majority of vintage watches their original box and papers have been lost to time. Whilst they are nice to have, it’s important to note that “box and papers” DO NOT authenticate a watch despite what many in our trade say. It’s also important to realise alot of sellers (including some of the most well known in the UK) put together full sets of box, papers, hang tags etc by buying blank paperwork and boxes in the secondary market. This is a very regrettable, but unfortunately common occurrence in the trade but something we will never do!

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For metal bracelets we provide the size it will currently fit in the description section of this page. If this measurement is too large or too small we are able to assist in either adding or removing links. We also offer this service, post service on a at-cost basis (i.e. we don't add a margin).

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Absolutely! If you don't like the current strap, let us know and we'll change it for free! We maintain a broad selection of styles and can also source straps to your specification free of charge.

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