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Rolex Submariner ref# 16800 Matte Dial circa 1983

SOLD

We are delighted to offer the first matte dial 16800 we have owned in several years. A truly great looking early example transitional 16800 Submariner with first generation matte dial. Featuring a previously polished, but very beefy lug 40mm diameter case with sapphire crystal, quickset date caliber 3035 movement and with stunning matte black dial with ivory color tritium lume indexes and hands, and with evenly aged now matte finish unidirectional elapsed time bezel with aged pearl.

If you are a follower of our site, you are familiar with our fondness for early and distressed dial sport model Rolexes. You may recall our recent immensely popular chocolate color “Alton Brown” 16800 model, and previously our so called “Middle Earth” distressed Submariner back in April, and our chocolate and bumpy surface dial 16800 “Mr. Goodbar” in June.

In our opinion, the matte dial 16800 is the best combination of a vintage and modern submariner. The matte black 16800 dial is the same as found in the vintage plastic crystal 1680 models. However the 16800 matte dial is marked for 1000 foot depth rating made possible by the use of the sapphire crystal, versus the 660 foot depth rating of the 1680. Like the 1680 dial, the matte 16800 dial lacks the white gold luminous index surrounds of the next generation dial.

The watch has been fully serviced and pressure tested, and left unpolished as found, and is complete with its original excellent condition 93150 ref heavy Oyster flip lock clasp bracelet with 593 end pieces and with corresponding H clasp date code.

If you’re looking for a distinctive vintage sub, and after all, who isn’t, this is one you must see in person to fully appreciate. Currently available in our shop. Schedule a Saturday appointment now, as we don’t expect this to stick around long!

 

 

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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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