Rolex Submariner ref# 16800 Transitional Model “Tropical” circa 1983


Fabulous looking vintage Rolex Submariner ref# 16800 transitional model 8.2 million serial # circa 1983. Great looking vintage model with remarkably richly patina’d luminous indexes and hands, aged printing of the dial, and beautifully aged elapsed time bezel “pearl.”

It is our considered opinion that the dial was exposed to moisture or humidity, which resulted in a “gilt” looking appearance to the dial surface, the print, and the luminous indexes and hands. The surface of the dial has turned matte, with some minor surface irregularities, consistent with exposure to moisture and sunlight, to the point that the printing actually appears to be “gilt.” An amazing looking example, with all characteristics of the dial, hands, and luminous plots appearing uniformly distressed and aged. Just fully serviced and H20 tested, and left unpolished as acquired. Guaranteed genuine and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation.

This is the popular transitional model, an early sapphire crystal ref 16800, which follows the plastic crystal model 1680, and precedes the 16610 with modern style glossy dial. This model features a sapphire crystal, a  caliber 3035 movement with quick set date, and with Rolex heavy Oyster ref 93150 bracelet 593 end pieces and with flip lock clasp. This model offers the convenience and security of a more water resistant design, but retaining the popular vintage character of the early plastic crystal matte dial models. An amazing example with rich and remarkable character. NOTE: on request, the cyclops crystal can be changed to a non cyclops for a clean, even more vintage look!

Additional information



Model Name/Type


Model/Case Ref#


Man's / Lady's


Case Serial#

8.2 million



Case mm


Case Metal

Stainless Steel


uni-directional elapsed time




Rolex trip lock crown

Dial & Hands

luminous indexes and hands, matte black transitional dial

Movement Type

Self Winding

Movement Caliber


Date Function

quick set

Strap / Bracelet

heavy Oyster bracelet with flip lock deployment clasp

Strap / Bracelet Size


Country of Origin




Box / Papers



Vintage Rolex & Pre-Owned Rolex Watches

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 Transitional Model "Tropical" circa 1983


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