Rolex Submariner ref 16808 18K YG Tropical Dial circa 1981


Another terrific looking vintage Rolex 18K YG Submariner ref 18068 with an original naturally aged tropical nipple dial. The dial on this circa 1981 transitional model Submariner has faded from a glossy cobalt blue to a mottled weathered blue dial with subtle gold features that ressemble the galaxy of a late night dark sky. The dial is the scarce early version nipple index dial with tritium lumes that have aged to a warmly patina’d color with similarly patina’d lume hands. The blue insert as well has softened from its original glossy a pleasing dark blue lustre tone.

As you must know by now, we are fans of tropical dials that have aged to pleasing tones and which stand out due to their distinctive vintage character. This example is another one that we are pleased to offer you because of the unique character of the dial as well as the growing popularity of vintage gold bracelet Rolex dress and sport models.

The details: This 1981 Submariner is among the earliest of the sapphire crystal gold Submariner models and features a 40mm diameter 18K YG case with sapphire crystal, original nipple dial and unidirectional elapsed time bezel with blue insert. With original previously polished original Rolex 18K YG Oyster bracelet with raised Rolex logo on flip lock clasp that has not been worn or polished away. This era bracelet uses pins for sizing the bracelet and not screws. Note that the bracelet is not particularly long, containing 10 links plus diver’s extension which will comfortably fit a 7″ wrist. Sorry, we do not have additional links available

Powered by Rolex caliber 3035 movement with quick set date. The movement is in good running condition, and will be serviced by us as a condition of the sale.. Guaranteed genuine as described, and to be offered with our one year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation following our service. Your purchase includes one of our beautiful Italian leather watch travel pouches, a $55 value!

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