1983 Rolex Submariner (Ref.16800) Matte Dial W/ RSC Paper
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 wonderful case has been lightly polished in the past and retains full and even lugs displaying light signs of use. The original bezel insert is in overall excellent condition retaining its tritium pearl at the 12 o'clock position which matches the dial patina nicely. The Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 593 end pieces is excellent, showing only light signs of use and almost no stretch.
The original and transitional matte black Submariner dial is in remarkable condition, showing no blemishing or marks. The tritium lume plots have aged to a lovely and vivid yellow patina and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands have aged slightly lighter than the dial which is common for this era, under U.V. light inspection the hands show no degradation and remain fully intact. The white date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
The watch comes with a serialized Rolex Service Center paper, documenting service in October 1991. The watch is running at COSC spec.