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Rolex Submariner "Chocolate" 16800 circa 1988

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Rolex Submariner ref 16800, with beautiful chocolate dial. This particular watch is extremely late in the production of the reference. While it is true that the 16800 was discontinued in 1988, the number of 16800’s that appear from that year is minuscule. The latest 16800’s that we usually see are late 9 million serial numbers, or maybe ever R serial numbers. To find an L serial example, before even touching on how beautiful it has aged, is incredibly exciting. In 1988 the watch began with a glossy black dial with white tritium indexes, hands, and pearl, as well as a black aluminum bezel insert. In 30 years all of that has changed. The bezel has taken on a deep blue hue, while the pearl on it has aged to a wonderful cream. The tritium markers and hands have gone from white to nearly that same color cream, matching nearly flawlessly. At first glance though the real standout of this piece is the dial, having gone from its original gloss black, to an even and stunning chocolate brown. The texture and color of that brown even ebbs and flows as it makes its way across the dial. Truly one of the more beautiful 16800’s that we have had the pleasure to offer.

Complimentary to the beauty, this popular transitional model features a sapphire crystal, quickset date calibre 3035 movement, and unidirectional elapsed time bezel. Recently fully serviced by one of our veteran Rolex trained watchmakers. Guaranteed genuine and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation. Offered on your choice of distressed leather strap, and with one of our popular fine Italian glazed leather pouches, ideal for travel and storage, a $45 value.

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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
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