Rolex Submariner ref 16800 Transitional Model circa 1987


A very attractive vintage Rolex Submariner ref 16800 transitional model, case serial # 9.4 million circa 1987. Featuring a 40mm case with sapphire crystal and unidirectional elapsed time bezel. With beefy lugs case, pleasing original gloss black dial with patina’d tritium luminous indexes and matching original tritium lume hands.

The luminous on the dial has aged to an especially pleasing cream color, likewise the hands, as well as the elapsed time bezel “pearl.” The dial surface does evidence some subtle dimpling, visible only when inspected closely, and which does not in our opinion detract from the very appealing character of this fine piece. With beefy lug, previously polished case and with very tight original 93150 heavy Oyster bracelet with 593 end pieces and J3 date coded flip lock clasp.

The 16800 is powered by caliber 3035 self winding movement with sweep seconds and quick set date.  Recently fully serviced and pressure tested our veteran Rolex trained watchmaker. Guaranteed genuine and offered with our 1 year warrantee of accurate time keeping and operation.

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, the earlier matte dial carried over from the 1680, and the later being the glossy black dial as seen here. The aging and patina that develops in the tritium used for the dial and hands of these models lends a great vintage character not often seen in the later models, and absent in the post 1999 Submariner models which substituted luminova for the luminous material.


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