1982 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 16800) Matte Dial

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The Rolex Submariner ref. 16800 is a transitional piece that combines the best elements of both the vintage and modern Rolex Submariners into one complete package. The most coveted of the ref. 16800 are the matte dial variants that were in production from 1979-1984. Apart from a short production run, the early ref. 16800 was the only matte dial Rolex sports watch to also feature a sapphire crystal, before the reference changed to be equipped with a glossy dial with white gold surrounds in late 1984. These early matte dial versions of the ref. 16800 have the vintage aesthetic of the Rolex Submariner models of the 70s but with massively upgraded cases and movements, and for that reason, the ref. 16800 is one of the most sought-after standard production Submariners Rolex has ever produced.


The Rolex Submariner ref. 16800 was first introduced in late 1979 and was the first Rolex Submariner model to include a sapphire crystal, a unidirectional click-spring bezel, and the Rolex cal. 3035 quickest movement, all of which cumulate to one of the most drastic technical updates in Submariner history model to model.

Stock # RLXSUB8216800-2
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 16800
Serial 71XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex Oyster 93150 Bracelet W/ 593 End Pieces



The strong case has been gently polished in the past and retains thick and symmetrical lugs that exhibit honest signs of use. The original black bezel insert retains its retain pearl at the 12 o'clock position which has aged to a lovely caramel color, the bezel itself remains deep black with minimal signs of use. The original Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 593 end pieces retains 11 links that show almost no stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/2-inch wrist.


The original matte black dial is in absolutely flawless original condition, showing no age or damage whatsoever. The tritium lume plots have achieved a stunning golden patina and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original hands were previously professionally restored to feature a tan coloration and coordinate with the dial nicely. The white date wheel is original with open 6's and 9's.


None. The watch is keeping time within COSC spec and functioning perfectly, previous service history is unknown.