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Rolex Submariner ref 16800 "Middle Earth Day" Matte Dial circa 1978

SOLD

Most of our customers are looking for fine condition examples of vintage sport models. Sometimes a customer asks for a “beater;” one that is not in such pristine condition, so that they can wear it recreationally while riding a bike, the pedal kind or the motorized kind, and so they don’t have to worry about scratching or nicking and they don’t have to be so careful with. The current example is one that probably exceeds most standards of a “beater!”

We have seen Subs watches covered in paint dripped on the case and crystal from years of wear by a professional painter. We have seen Submariners worn by welders with weld spots that hardened on the case that cannot be removed. And we have seen Subs worn by fisherman or boaters so sun bleached that the bezels have lost all color, and the dial or lume is sun burned. But the current example is probably the most extreme in our experience of a Sub that one might refer to as “tropical.” Here we see the faded insert with obvious chips, and nicks, like an archeological find that has been excavated after decades or centuries.

As is obvious in the photos, the bezel has turned a rich steel blue gray color with small bits of the metal eroded. There are no breaks or cracks per se that compromise the integrity of the bezel. The lume plots are dark and intact and show no evidence of having been altered or restored. The hands show quite dark lume and areas of corrosion on the metal surface. The matte dial we would grade as 85-90% with fine small abrasions to the matte surface, but without any evidence of water damage, oil stains, hand drag marks, or careless watch repair. All the lettering and printing is clear and intact. The case is free of corrosion and the reference and serial #s are all clear and intact . The unidirectional bezel moves freely and smoothly and bears a deeply patina’d pearl.

Recently fully serviced and obviously left with dial, lume hands, and insert unrestored as acquired. Offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate timekeeping and operation. Your watch comes with shown distressed leather bund style strap, or your choice of sporty leather strap.

While clearly not everyone’s grail watch, this surely is a watch that announces that it has had a rich history, though unfortunately we don’t know what that history might have involved!

Your purchase includes one of our beautiful handmade Italian leather watch travel pouches, a $55 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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