Rolex Day-Date Walnut Dial

Rolex Day-Date Walnut Dial

Why We Love It

The Day-Date is not just a beautiful, iconic, and important timepiece in its own right - it is also the perfect canvas for horological art.

Stone, enamel, mother of pearl, meteorite, gem-set - just about every exotic material you can think of has found its way into special, limited production Day-Dates in their 65-year continuous production run. For years, the popularity of these watches has ebbed and flowed depending on the prevailing style tastes of their day, but in today's market they are seeing unprecedented interest across the board.

This particular Day-Date, a Reference 18238 from circa 1996, is fitted with a factory walnut  dial - yes, you read that correctly! This is a non-luminous, lacquered wooden dial that has taken up artistic residence in a double quickset yellow gold Day-Date. The resulting look is nothing short of astounding - and the pairing of these wildly disparate earth materials is shockingly good

In exceptional condition throughout showing no signs of polishing and only light handling wear, this is an epic example Rolex flexing their more artistic capabilities!

The Day-Date Story

When you’ve got a good thing going, sometimes you just know.

Such is the case with the Rolex Day-Date. At the time of the Day-Date’s release in 1956, it was Rolex’s most complicated wristwatch: all previous attempts had failed to resonate with consumers.

But as soon as Rolex secured the patent in July of 1955, production of the Day-Date was rushed for a debut at the Basel Fair the following spring.

Although early Day-Dates were plagued by technical problems resulting from the complexity of the automatic movement with dual calendar function, those were soon resolved. After President Eisenhower sported one (a gift from the manufacture), its success was secured. The watch came to be known as the “President,” (due to the fact that several U.S. presidents since Eisenhower have worn one), and it certainly lives up to its dignified nickname.

For a brand that has built its reputation on its sports watches, it's perhaps unsurprising that the Rolex Day-Date is amongst the brand's best-sellers. True, the brand has always produced dress watches, but while the brand's more overt dress watch, the Cellini, often seems out of place among the brand's Oyster-cased offerings, the Day-Date is sturdy, solid, and at home alongside the Submariners and GMTs that make up the Oyster Perpetual collection.

Rolex has approached continual development of model as they do every other, making quiet improvements over the following decades, ensuring the Day-Date is worthy as the centerpiece of Rolex's Oyster line as horological technology evolves.

Whether a simple 36mm yellow gold piece or a Day-Date II 41mm Day-Date in platinum with a gem set dial, the Day-Date is internationally recognized as time timepiece of success and leadership, and of great taste.


SKU: AS03805

18k Yellow Gold Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Automatic winding movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 18238. Circa 1996.

Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing factory finishing and only light wear consistent with age and use. Non-luminous factory burled walnut is in excellent condition with matching non-luminous handset. Signed crown.

Includes solid link Presidential Bracelet 8385/55B with signed hidden clasp.

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