Rolex Submariner ref 16800 Transitional Model circa 1984


Vintage Rolex Submariner ref 16800 transitional model 8.3 million serial # circa 1984. The ref. 16800 is only the second Submariner model to feature the date as a complication, following the intensely popular and sought after 1680. The main difference between the two references is the use of a sapphire crystal on the 16800. Even within the 16800 though there are two distinct eras, one being the matte dial carried over from the 1680, and the next being the glossy black dial like the one you see here. The glossy dials really tie the vintage look in with what is in the Rolex catalog today, creating in the 16800 the perfect wearable vintage Submariner. This one in particular has a stunning dial, showing off a feature endearingly referred to as “spidering”. A Spider dial shows a web-like series of ultra thin fissures, created over the life of the watch, spread out across the surface of the dial, which shines beautifully under the right light. Now it should be said that not all Spider dials are “created” equal. Some are drastically uneven, with most of the cracking happening on one side of the dial. Not so with this 1984 example. Whatever da Vinci Spider threw this web, it created an incredibly even and multilayered masterpiece. Add to that the gorgeous cream colored hour markers and hands, and you have the perfect daily wear for the most astute collector.

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Additional information



Model Name/Type


Model/Case Ref#


Man's / Lady's


Case Serial#

8.3 million



Case mm


Case Metal

Stainless Steel


uni-directional elapsed time




Rolex trip lock crown

Dial & Hands

Ivory patina’d luminous indexes and matching hands, original "spider" dial

Movement Type

Self Winding

Movement Caliber


Date Function

quick set

Strap / Bracelet

93150 Oyster Bracelet

Strap / Bracelet Size

7 inches

Country of Origin




Box / Papers



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Rolex Submariner ref 16800 Transitional Model circa 1984