1984 Rolex Submariner (Ref.16800) Matte Dial
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 1984 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.
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The excellent case has been very lightly polished in the past and shows light signs of use, retaining very full lugs and crown guards. The original bezel insert remains deep black in coloration with light signs of use and retains its tritium pearl at the 12 o'clock which has achieved a nice golden patina that accents the dial nicely. The original Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 593 end pieces is unpolished with honest signs of use and shows almost no stretch and retains 11 links.
The original matte black dial is in beautiful vintage condition showing almost no signs of aging. The tritium lume plots have taken on an excellent golden coloration and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The white date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
None. The watch is keeping time within COSC spec, previous service history is unknown.