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Rolex Day-Date Ref. 18238 - 'C-Serial' Unpolished

Sale price$17,250.00 USD

When the Day-Date was released in 1956, Rolex had made numerous attempts to capture the market with more complicated timepieces such as the Ref. 6036, the Ref. 8171, and the Ref. 6062, but it seemed like buyers were not particularly fond of complicated Rolexes. All of that changed when President Dwight D. Eisenhower was spotted wearing one Rolex in particular: a Day-Date. The model has since become known worldwide as ‘The President’ and as a symbol of success and prestige. Simply put, this one stuck.

The Day-Date was available for many years on a leather strap with a matching gold buckle, but also on a solid gold bracelet (called a 'President' bracelet), like the example that we have here.

This particular piece, a Reference 18238, is very much your prototypical Day-Date, featuring a sunburst gold 'champagne' dial within a yellow gold case, but with one minor detail that renders this piece properly rare: a 'C' serial number. Dating to circa 1992, this watch hails from a time when Rolex was producing very few watches. The overall condition is outstanding, featuring an unpolished case, bezel, and matching 'President'bracelet — all showing uniform normal wear from age with a few very minor blemishes. An attractive light 'rosy' oxidation is developing in some areas. The dial within is seemingly flawless, with fully-intact Tritium plots and a perfectly matching handset. Furthermore, the 'double-quickset' day and date setting function is always a welcomed plus!

This piece then, despite is full yellow gold construction and instantly recognizable design, epitomizes an if you know, you know sleeper.

And there is something to be said about your tone-on-tone Day-Date. It is truly an icon.

Yellow Gold 1992 Unpolished Automatic 36mm

"As collectors themselves, Oliver and Clarke are on a mission to make buying vintage watches as painless as possible."

"The company focuses on good prices for its pieces, elite customer service and full transparency."

"The appointment-only space is inviting, with comfortable seating areas and exposed brick walls."

From Rolex & Patek Philippe, to Cartier & Audemars Piguet. As collectors first, we love the small details that separate the Submariner from Daytona and Calatrava from Royal Oak. This is why you'll find our curated assortment spans decades of generations of models and brands. We believe that watches don't just tell time, they tell history - and life is too short to wear a boring watch.

Oliver & Clarke

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