Rolex Day-Date Walnut Dial

SKU AS03805
SKU AS03805

Why We Love it

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.

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Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.


We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

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Shipping & Returns


All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Rolex Day-Date Walnut Dial

Rolex Day-Date Walnut Dial

Rolex Day-Date Walnut Dial


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