Rolex Submariner ref# 168000 Tropical Dial circa 1986


Once again we are proud to be able to offer a great looking distressed tropical dial scarce reference 168000 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 scarce reference 168000 (yes, 3 0’s) tropical dial sub with formerly gloss black dial, now a mottled matte dial, 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.

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!

As you may already know, the 168000 (not 16800) model is a 1 year only production model from 1986 and 1987 which introduced the higher grade 904 stainless steel case 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.

Guaranteed genuine and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation. Your purchase includes our signature fine leather watch pouch, ideal for travel and storage, a $55.00 value.



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