Rolex Submariner ref# 16808 18K YG Tropical “Golden” Dial Transitional model circa 1987


A remarkable example Rolex 18K YG Submariner ref 16808, serial #R, circa 1987 with amazing color change nipple dial. A wonderful classic, early sapphire crystal model with beefy lugs case, sapphire crystal, and screw down caseback and crown. The original blue dial with gold raised nipple indexes has naturally lost it’s original cobalt blue color and now is a golden champagne color with only the slightest evidence of the original color at the very edge of the dial. With it’s aged blue unidirectional elapsed time bezel, the dial and bezel create a powerful combination against the bright gold of the case and bracelet. Many blue submariner dials turn purple, or faded blue, sometimes reddish, but this is highly unusual for the blue color to completely “burn off” and leave the underlying golden champagne color. The color is completely natural and has not been modified  or treated in any way.

Powered by calibre 3035 movement with quick set date. On original very good condition Rolex 18K YG period Submariner bracelet with flip lock deployment clasp. The bracelet is the correct early type with pins rather than screws to adjust the links. The bracelet is in very good condition with the expected wear to the embossed Rolex logo on the clasp. Both the case and the bracelet have been previously polished.

Recently fully serviced and offered with our 1 year warranty of accuracy of timekeeping and operation. Also accompanying your purchase is one of our fine Italian leather watch travel pouches.

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Model Name/Type


Model/Case Ref#


Man's / Lady's


Case Metal

18K YG

Case Serial#




Case mm



uni-directional elapsed time



Dial & Hands

original tropical dial

Movement Type

Self Winding

Movement Caliber

caliber 3035


original signed crown

Strap / Bracelet

18K YG period Submariner

Box / Papers


Box / Papers (TAG)



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Rolex Submariner ref# 16808 18K YG Tropical "Golden" Dial Transitional model circa 1987