*Unpolished* 1994 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 16610)
The Rolex Submariner Ref. 16610 was first introduced in 1986 by Rolex but didn't come into commercial availability until about 1987. And is the direct predecessor to the earlier 16800 and 168000 Submariner references. Still featuring a lot of the same functions, the 16610 has an upgraded stainless steel case, from 316L steel to the highly corrosive resistant 904L steel, and featured the upgraded Rolex 3135 movement.
The earlier 16610 Submariner examples still feature tritium dials, which were replaced at the end of 1998 with super-luminova, which have become very desirable due to excellent color changes the lume can take on. Creating a wonderful vintage appeal with useful modern functionality.
|Dial||Black (WG Surrounds)|
|Bracelet||Rolex Oyster Flip-lock 93150 W/ 501B End Pieces|
The excellent case is believed to remain unpolished, retaining its factory finishing, original chamfers, and showing honest wear from use. The original bezel insert is in exceptional condition, remaining deep black in coloration. The original Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 501B end pieces is in excellent unpolished condition, showing normal signs of use and retaining 11 links.
The wonderful glossy black dial with white gold surround markers in flawless original condition. The original tritium markers remain bright in coloration with a light ivory patina in the sunlight, and show no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial nicely and show no degradation under U.V. light inspection.
The watch is running at COSC spec, previous service history is unknown.