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 1983 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.
Rolex Oyster 93150 Bracelet W/ 593 End Pieces
CASE & BRACELET
The thick case remains in excellent condition and has been previously polished. The original insert shows light wear retaining its tritium pearl that has taken on a wonderful ivory color matching the dial and hands perfectly. The original 93150 oyster bracelet with 593 end pieces shows very minimal stretch and retains 9 links.
DIAL & HANDS
The original matte dial is very transitional and in stunning condition. The tritium lume plots have taken on a sought after ivory coloration, and remain fully intact. The original hands match the coloration of the dial perfectly and show no lume degradation when inspected with U.V. light. The date disc displays the proper and era correct open 6's and 9's.
None. The watch just received a complete service and is running at COSC spec. The piece will come backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.