1982 Rolex Submariner (Ref.16800) Matte Dial
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 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.
|Bracelet||Rolex Oyster 93150 W/ 593 End Pieces|
The previously lightly polished case retains even and thick lugs, showing light wear. The original insert has taken on a wonderful grey fade and retains the tritium pearl which has taken on a wonderful caramel coloration. The Rolex 93150 bracelet with 593 end pieces has been previously polished showing little wear and light stretch from use.
The original matte dial is in good condition. The tritium lume plots have aged to a nice ivory coloration, there is consistent but light cracking throughout the lume plots. The original hands have been professionally restored with tritium to match the dial. The date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's
None. Watch is keeping time at spec, previous service history is unknown.