Rolex Day-Date 'Onyx'

Regular price
$47,450
Regular price
Sale price
$47,450
REF 18238
Automatic
36 MM
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SKU AS05055
ref 18238
case size 36 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1980s
dial color Exotic
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Neo-Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 20
Includes Includes 18k yellow gold solid link President bracelet with signed hidden deployant clasp (8385/55). Also includes inner box, books, purchase receipt dated 6/6/1989, service papers, service card from Rolex dated 4/1/2015, and papers dated 6/7/1989.
REF 18238
Automatic
36 MM
– Show less
SKU AS05055
ref 18238
case size 36 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1980s
dial color Exotic
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Neo-Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes Includes 18k yellow gold solid link President bracelet with signed hidden deployant clasp (8385/55). Also includes inner box, books, purchase receipt dated 6/6/1989, service papers, service card from Rolex dated 4/1/2015, and papers dated 6/7/1989.

Why We Love it

Few watches make a statement like a solid-gold Rolex.

This anachronistic blend of technical design and functionality with a precious-metal case material is a polarizing one, and depending on how it’s worn (and indeed, by whom), can send very different signals — and we'll just leave it at that!

So-called “five-digit” Day-Dates (reference variants with five digits) are a quintessential staple of the “neo-vintage” era. These models showed up in the late ‘70s and offer the added functionality of a higher-beat movement for accuracy and a quick-set date mechanism. They retain the classic 36mm case proportion of their predecessors and have similar variation for dial, bezel, and bracelet configurations. Luminous models also retain tritium material, offering tremendous opportunities for unique characteristics of patina.

This particular example, a Reference 18238, dates to circa 1987 and features a 36mm 18k yellow gold Oyster case, a magnified sapphire crystal, a signed crown, a matching yellow gold President bracelet, and a coveted Onyx stone dial with framed day and date windows, a English day wheel.

It would be enough to enjoy this fantastic example on its own, but this particular timepiece is accompanied by all of its goodies.

How about that!

When only a gold Rolex will do, this Day-Date is it — just with a bit of added flair!

Overall Condition

The case is in outstanding condition overall showing faint signs of wear from gentle use. Black 'Onyx' stone dial is in outstanding condition with matching yellow gold handset. Signed crown. English language calendar.

Brand Story

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Though much younger than many of its heavy-hitting horological cousins, Rolex has been at the fore of contemporary watch design virtually since its inception in 1905 by founder Hans Wilsdorf. A veritable marketing genius, Wilsdorf understood the power of story, associating his watches with the most notable and intrepid athletes, explorers, soldiers and politicians of the 20th century. His efforts were clearly successful: Today, the word “Rolex” is nearly synonymous in the minds of millions around the word with “watch.”

From the early waterproof Oyster case of the 1920s through to the ultra-complicated Sky Dweller of today, Rolex models and innovations have captivated a global audience and permeated the zeitgeist unlike those of any other brand. Whether it’s a simple, time-only Air King, a function-first Submariner or a complicated GMT Master II for the jet set, a Rolex commands a certain respect on the wrist and says something about the discerning eye of its owner.

From the swimming of the English channel in 1927 to the scaling of Mt. Everest in 1953, Rolex watches have been associated with adventure for the better part of a century. Despite its association since the 1970s more with luxury and status than with commando operations behind enemy lines or sporting achievements, Rolex still makes one of the most robust timepieces available on the contemporary market. And the company continues to support scientific endeavors around the world.

Interestingly, for most of the firm’s history, Rolex largely did not produce its components in-house, including its movements. (Indeed, hand-wound Daytonas sold today at auction for eye-watering prices feature run-of-the-mill Valjoux movements that feature in watches from hundreds of other brands). It wasn’t until the early 21st century that Rolex became the vertically integrated manufacturing behemoth that it is today, purchasing everything from movement manufacturers to bracelet companies. (Notably, the Crown even forges its own gold.)

Whether one is attracted to the rich history of the brand or simply finds its products notable from an investment perspective, Rolex is a company whose wares are guaranteed to remain a benchmark for horological quality forever.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

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

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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.

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Rolex Day-Date 'Onyx'

Rolex Day-Date 'Onyx'

Regular price
$47,450
Regular price
Sale price
$47,450
Rolex Day-Date 'Onyx'

Why We Love it

Few watches make a statement like a solid-gold Rolex.

This anachronistic blend of technical design and functionality with a precious-metal case material is a polarizing one, and depending on how it’s worn (and indeed, by whom), can send very different signals — and we'll just leave it at that!

So-called “five-digit” Day-Dates (reference variants with five digits) are a quintessential staple of the “neo-vintage” era. These models showed up in the late ‘70s and offer the added functionality of a higher-beat movement for accuracy and a quick-set date mechanism. They retain the classic 36mm case proportion of their predecessors and have similar variation for dial, bezel, and bracelet configurations. Luminous models also retain tritium material, offering tremendous opportunities for unique characteristics of patina.

This particular example, a Reference 18238, dates to circa 1987 and features a 36mm 18k yellow gold Oyster case, a magnified sapphire crystal, a signed crown, a matching yellow gold President bracelet, and a coveted Onyx stone dial with framed day and date windows, a English day wheel.

It would be enough to enjoy this fantastic example on its own, but this particular timepiece is accompanied by all of its goodies.

How about that!

When only a gold Rolex will do, this Day-Date is it — just with a bit of added flair!

Overall Condition

The case is in outstanding condition overall showing faint signs of wear from gentle use. Black 'Onyx' stone dial is in outstanding condition with matching yellow gold handset. Signed crown. English language calendar.

Brand Story

+
Though much younger than many of its heavy-hitting horological cousins, Rolex has been at the fore of contemporary watch design virtually since its inception in 1905 by founder Hans Wilsdorf. A veritable marketing genius, Wilsdorf understood the power of story, associating his watches with the most notable and intrepid athletes, explorers, soldiers and politicians of the 20th century. His efforts were clearly successful: Today, the word “Rolex” is nearly synonymous in the minds of millions around the word with “watch.”

From the early waterproof Oyster case of the 1920s through to the ultra-complicated Sky Dweller of today, Rolex models and innovations have captivated a global audience and permeated the zeitgeist unlike those of any other brand. Whether it’s a simple, time-only Air King, a function-first Submariner or a complicated GMT Master II for the jet set, a Rolex commands a certain respect on the wrist and says something about the discerning eye of its owner.

From the swimming of the English channel in 1927 to the scaling of Mt. Everest in 1953, Rolex watches have been associated with adventure for the better part of a century. Despite its association since the 1970s more with luxury and status than with commando operations behind enemy lines or sporting achievements, Rolex still makes one of the most robust timepieces available on the contemporary market. And the company continues to support scientific endeavors around the world.

Interestingly, for most of the firm’s history, Rolex largely did not produce its components in-house, including its movements. (Indeed, hand-wound Daytonas sold today at auction for eye-watering prices feature run-of-the-mill Valjoux movements that feature in watches from hundreds of other brands). It wasn’t until the early 21st century that Rolex became the vertically integrated manufacturing behemoth that it is today, purchasing everything from movement manufacturers to bracelet companies. (Notably, the Crown even forges its own gold.)

Whether one is attracted to the rich history of the brand or simply finds its products notable from an investment perspective, Rolex is a company whose wares are guaranteed to remain a benchmark for horological quality forever.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

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

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

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