1982 Rolex Submariner (Ref.16800) Matte Dial

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This Rolex Submariner Ref. 16800 is very cool and transitional piece that combines the best elements of both the vintage and modern Rolex Submariner into one complete package. This specific model of Ref. 16800 is considered to be a rare traditional variant of the ref. 16800 model due to the fact that it includes a black matte dial with tritium lume plots and hands as can also be found in the previous variant the Ref 1680. The reason why this specific piece is so special is that it has all the details that we love about the vintage matte dial submariners but with a more modern daily functional application.


The Rolex Submariner Ref 16800 was the first introduced in late 1979 and was the first Rolex Submariner model to include a sapphire crystal. In addition, Rolex also introduced the signature click spring and the bezel became unidirectional instead of the previous bi-directional operation feature of the bezel found in the Ref. 1680 offering more accuracy and further securing the bezel from movement while being used for diving.

This specific example from 1982 would make a great vintage daily driver for the man who appreciates the elements of the vintage matte dial Submariners but needs the durability of a sapphire crystal and the water resistance of a trip-lock crown. These transitional models like the one we are featuring here are becoming increasingly harder and harder to find due to the limited production numbers of these rare transitional examples.

Stock # RLXSUB1680082-3
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 16800
Serial 72XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Matte Black
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex Oyster 93150 W/ 501B End Pieces



The case has been previously polished but remains in excellent condition with full and thick lugs. The original insert retains its tritium pearl and has taken on a striking custard patina that matches the color of the hands and the lume plots on the dial. The Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet retains 11 links with 501B end pieces remains in great condition showing very light stretch typical from age.


The stunning and original rare transitional matte dial remains in good condition showing a light staining around each of the lume plots only visible under direct light. The tritium lume plots and hands have taken on a sought after custard-like colored patina. The dial exhibits some surface lume degradation, especially the 10 o'clock marker. The hour hand exhibits some lume loss towards the hand stack, the minute and sweep seconds hand remain fully intact showing no lume degradation. The date wheel shows era correct open 6's and 9's.


None. The watch is keeping time at spec but extended service history is unknown.