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Rolex Sea-Dweller ref# 16600 Tropical Dial Tritium circa 1997

$13,500.00

A great looking vintage Rolex Sea-Dweller ref# 16600, serial # U7, circa 1997 with richly patina’d tritium indexes, matching aged pearl, and color matched hands. Featuring a 40mm diameter stainless steel case with unidirectional elapsed time bezel and sapphire crystal, and with original glossy black dial with tritium indexes, and matching tritium hands. The original gloss dial surface has faded a bit with time and is now a more frosty finish with subtle light brown dots evenly distributed across the dial surface. The hour markers have also beautifully aged to a cream patina with considerable aging and lend a distinctive and appealing vintage look. The lume of the hands does not glow under UV light and appear to have been color matched to the dial lume.

Powered by self winding calibre 3135 with sweep seconds and quick set date. With correct ref 93160 solid end link (SEL) Rolex stainless steel Oyster bracelet with flip lock clasp. An exceptionally attractive warmly patina’d example. Recently serviced, in excellent mechanical condition, and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation.

The Seadweller model is a much more scarce model than the similar looking Submariner. The case is a bit thicker and features a helium escape valve. The dial reads 4000 foot depth rating and the sapphire crystal lacks the date magnifying cyclops lense.

Your watch purchase will arrive in our fine glazed leather WBAW? watch pouch. Great for travel or storage. A $45 value! See photo.

Note: We note great demand and rising prices for early sapphire crystal models such as the current example now referred to as Neo Vintage As the vintage plastic crystal models have sky rocketed in price, many collectors are looking toward the early sapphire crystal models with original tritium index dials and hands, (designated by T<25 at bottom of dial) as value buys. The Seadweller model is a much lower production model than the Submariner and we think distinctive examples like this one are candidates for significant increased appreciation.

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Rolex Serial Numbers and Clasp Codes

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex Production Year Serial Number
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1950
1949
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1931
1930 23,186
1929
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001
 

Rolex Clasp Codes

Bracelet CodeYear
A or VA1976
B or VB1977
C or VC1978
D or VD1979
E or VE1980
F or VF1981
G1982
H1983
I1984
J1985
K1986
L1987
M1988
N1989
O1990
P1991
Q1992
R1993
S1994
T or W1995
V1996
Z1997
U1998
X1999
AB2000
DE2001
DT2002
AD2003
CL2004
MA2005
OP2006
EO2007
PJ2008
LT2009
RS2010
RANDOM201+
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