1982 Rolex Submariner (Ref.16800) Matte Dial

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This Rolex Submariner Ref. 16800 is a 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 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 # RLXSUB1680082-6
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 16800
Serial 74XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Matte Black
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex Oyster 93150 W/ 593 End Pieces



The wonderful case has been lightly polished, retaining very full lugs with light chamfers and strong crown guards. The bezel insert is a service replacement with a luminova pearl at the 12 o'clock position and remains in perfect condition, showing no signs of use. The original Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 593 end pieces is in lovely original condition, showing some stretch from use and retiaining 11 links.


The matte black Submariner dial is an exceptionally well preserved example, showing almost no signs of aging or blemishes. The bright tritium lume plots show only a slight ivory patina and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial nicely showing no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.


None. The watch was recently serviced and is backed by our 1-year warranty of accurate timekeeping.