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Rolex Submariner ref 16800 Matte Dial Transitional Model circa 1981


Rolex Submariner ref 16800 transitional model serial# 7.2 million circa 1981. With matte black dial, with aged tritium markers, hands, and pearl and original finish, all original, never polished case. This is the popular transitional model with sapphire crystal, quickset date calibre 3035 movement, unidirectional elapsed time bezel, highlighted with a scarce, early vintage style matte black dial instead of glossy black dial with white gold luminous surrounds that was introduced on this exact reference only a few years later.

The current example is exceptionally nice looking, with sharp lugs, never polished case and beautiful matte black patina’d lume dial. With a beautiful dial surface free of water or other damage or deterioration and with tight heavy ref 93150 Oyster bracelet with #593 endpieces.

One of the nicest examples we have owned. Recently fully serviced by one of our veteran Rolex trained watchmakers and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate timekeeping and operation. Your purchase includes one of our beautiful handmade Italian leather watch travel pouches, a $55 value!


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Additional information



Model Name/Type


Man's / Lady's


Model/Case Ref#


Case Serial #

7.2 million



Case mm


Case Metal

Stainless Steel


uni-directional elapsed time




Oyster screw down

Dial & Hands

black dial

Movement Type

Self Winding

Movement Caliber


Date Function

quick set date

Strap / Bracelet

93150 Oyster Bracelet

Strap / Bracelet Size

7 inches

Country of Origin


Box / Papers





Rolex submariner

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There is no watch brand more associated with quality, prestige, luxury, success, and social status than Rolex. Founded in the UK in 1908 and soon relocated to Switzerland, Rolex is credited with countless technical advances in time keeping accuracy, the introduction in 1928 of the water and dust resistant “Oyster” case, and in 1933, the perfection of the self winding “Perpetual” movement. With sponsorship of sporting events as wide reaching as the America’s cup, to the Daytona 500, golf and tennis tournaments, and expeditions to the far reaches of the world, Rolex has always promoted it’s brand as an icon of success, achievement, and conquest. With popular “tool” watches such as the diver’s Submariner or Seadweller, the Aviator’s dual time zone GMT, the spelunker’s 24 hour Explorer, or the auto racer’s Daytona, Rolex has created loyal followings for the sports minded man. And the dressy Datejust and Presidential models, once the CEO’s trademark timepiece, are now much sought after by both men and woman as a luxury fashion statement. Whether vintage Rolex or more contemporary, your choice of a Rolex will always be a good choice.

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Rolex Submariner ref 16800 Matte Dial Transitional Model circa 1981


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