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Rolex Submariner ref# 168000 “Fossilized” Dial circa 1987

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Very scarce transitional model ref# 168000 Rolex Submariner R5 serial # circa 1987. Featuring a sapphire crystal, quick set caliber 3035 movement, unidirectional elapsed time bezel, and first generation black T<25 dial with some very interesting aging. Featuring richly aged  tritium luminous indexes and hands naturally turned to a beautiful cream color. The surface of this original dial has transformed to almost a matte finish, with a very interesting, almost “fossilized” surface. The stainless steel case has been left in the original condition as found, unpolished, with still sharp edges. With original bezel insert and richly patina’d pearl. In excellent mechanical condition, recently serviced by one of our veteran watchmakers and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation.

The 168000 model is a roughly 9 month only production model from 1986- 1987 introducing the higher grade 904 stainless steel alloy, replacing the prior 316 grade alloy. The case is the same as the soon to be introduced 16610, but with the 168000 designation, and still utilizing the 3035 movement of the 16800.

 

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Additional information

Maker

Rolex

Model Name/Type

Submariner

Model/Case Ref#

168000

Man's / Lady's

Men

Case Serial#

R5

Circa

1987

Case mm

40mm

Case Metal

Stainless Steel

Bezel

uni-directional elapsed time

Crystal

sapphire

Crown-Pushers

Rolex trip lock crown

Dial & Hands

black original dial with tritium luminous indexes

Movement Type

Self Winding

Movement Caliber

3035

Date Function

quick set

Strap / Bracelet

heavy Oyster bracelet with flip lock deployment clasp

Strap / Bracelet Size

7 inches

Country of Origin

Switzerland

Condition

Excellent

Box / Papers

No