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.
Rolex oyster 93150 with 593 end links
CASE & BRACELET
The previously polished case retains thick and even lugs, showing very little wear throughout. The Rolex service insert containing a Luminova pearl shows light signs of use and the bezel has been slightly polished as well. The original 93150 oyster bracelet has the original 12 links and shows very minimal stretch and included are the original 593 end links.
DIAL & HANDS
The stunning and original rare transitional matte dial remains in excellent condition. The tritium lume plots show some very light surface lume degradation on some of the plots unseeable to the naked-eye. The hands remain in a similar condition to the dial, only showing very minor degradation at the tip of the minute hand. The tritium dial and hands glow properly under UV and have taken on a sought after egg shell coloration. The original date disc displays the proper and era correct open 6's and 9's.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.