Rolex Submariner ref# 16800 Tropical Dial Alton “Brown” circa 1985


Once again we are proud to be able to offer a great looking distressed tropical dial reference 16800 Submariner. If you are a follower of our site, you may recall our recent immensely popular so called “Middle Earth” distressed Submariner back in April, and subsequently our chocolate and bumpy surface dial 16800 “Mr. Goodbar” in June. We are now delighted to offer yet another great looking reference 16800 tropical dial sub with formerly gloss black dial, now a mottled matte dial with rich brown tones, with richly patina’d luminous indexes, and with and aged, faded, and scratched bezel with a couple of small “shark bites” missing on the bezel’s inner edge. We have aptly named this model the Alton “Brown” after noted TV chef, kitchen science guy, and popular and clever entertainment figure and dear friend of WBAW, vintage watch collector Alton Brown.

The current example features a very beefy lug case, richly patina’d luminous indexes and hands, and a well used, faded, scratched period insert with several chips on the inner insert edge that show loss of metal.

The watch has been fully serviced and pressure tested, and left unpolished as found, and is complete with its original excellent condition 93150 ref heavy Oyster flip lock clasp bracelet with 593 end pieces and with corresponding K5 clasp date code.

If you’re looking for a distinctive vintage sub, and after all, who isn’t, this is one you must see in person to fully appreciate. Currently available in our shop. Schedule a Saturday appointment now, as we don’t expect this to stick around long!

NOTE: This watch is no longer available, but we invite you to check out Alton’s IG post of this watch @AltonBrown now one of his favorites of all time!



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