Rolex Submariner ref 16808 18K YG Tropical Dial circa 1981


A great condition vintage Rolex 18K YG Submariner ref 18068 circa 1981 with an original naturally faded tropical nipple dial. The dial has faded from a glossy cobalt blue to a weathered blue dial with soft golden sunset hues around much of the dial perimeter. The dial is the scarce early version nipple index dial with tritium lumes that have aged to a rich patina’d color with similarly patina’d lume hands, and with a richly aged elapsed bezel pearl. The blue insert as well has softened to a pleasing matte blue from its original glossy finish.

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 and vintage character. This example is another one that we are pleased to offer you, not only because of the unique character of the dial, but also because of the excellent condition of the case and bracelet.

The details: Featuring a 40mm diameter 18K YG case with sapphire crystal, original nipple dial and unidirectional elapsed time bezel with faded blue insert. With original tight Rolex 18K YG Oyster bracelet with distinct raised Rolex logo on flip lock clasp that has not been worn or polished away. The bracelet contains 11 links plus diver’s extension and will comfortably fit a 7 1/4″ wrist. As you may know this era bracelet uses pins for sizing the bracelet and not screws.

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

An terrific looking one of a kind vintage gold sub. No danger of seeing the same watch on another wrist!

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