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Rolex Submariner ref 16803 SS/18K YG Tropical "Stone Wash Denim" circa 1984

$16,500.00

A great looking first generation vintage Rolex SS/18K YG Submariner ref 16803 circa 1984 with an original naturally faded tropical nipple dial. Featuring a naturally weathered and aged tritium lume dial that was originally cobalt blue which has faded from a glossy cobalt blue color to a evenly faded and aged blue denim color. With an equally faded unidirectional elapsed time bezel that is just lovely to behold! In our ongoing quest of naming our tropical dial models, we are going to refer to this model as our “stone wash” denim Sub!

Featuring a 40mm diameter SS/18K YG case with sapphire crystal, patina’d tritium lume dial and hands, and unidirectional elapsed time bezel with faded blue insert. With original tight for it’s age Rolex SS/18K YG 93150 Oyster bracelet 493 end pieces and matching date code I6 with flip lock clasp.

It is well known that the blue paint on vintage Rolex dials is not very stable, and we see many lightly faded blue dials. This dial shows a rich aged look, with patina’d tritium lume indexes, original aged tritium lume hands, and matching aged pearl in the aged elapsed time bezel. The case of this watch appears to be never polished, with especially beefy lug case. The bracelet has been lightly detailed. Bracelet contains 11 links plus diver’s extension and will comfortably fit a 7 1/4″ wrist.

Powered by Rolex caliber 3035 movement with quick set date. Recently serviced and in excellent mechanical condition.

The 16803 is a scarce reference # marking the introduction and first generation of 2 tone Submariners in 1984. Production of this model continued for only a few years before being replaced by the 16618 reference powered by the 3135 movement. These models all used tritium as the lumimous material until replaced in 1999 with luminova. As with the current example, the tritium is subject to age to a warm and rich vintage patina.

Guaranteed genuine as described, and offered with our one year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation. Your purchase includes one of our beautiful Italian leather watch travel pouches, a $55 value!

 

 

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Rolex Serial Numbers and Clasp Codes

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex Production Year Serial Number
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1950
1949
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1931
1930 23,186
1929
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001
 

Rolex Clasp Codes

Bracelet CodeYear
A or VA1976
B or VB1977
C or VC1978
D or VD1979
E or VE1980
F or VF1981
G1982
H1983
I1984
J1985
K1986
L1987
M1988
N1989
O1990
P1991
Q1992
R1993
S1994
T or W1995
V1996
Z1997
U1998
X1999
AB2000
DE2001
DT2002
AD2003
CL2004
MA2005
OP2006
EO2007
PJ2008
LT2009
RS2010
RANDOM201+

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