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 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 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 previously lightly polished case exhibits very thick lugs that are symmetrical and feature minimal signs of use. The original bezel insert has faded to a striking blueish/grey coloration and has a very light patina, the tritium pearl at the 12 o'clock position has aged to a charming caramel color and remains fully intact. The Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 593 end pieces retains 11 links that display a light amount of stretch.
The original and transitional matte black dial is in excellent condition, there is a small oil spot next to the Rolex crown that is oil noticeable in certain lighting. The tritium lume plots have aged to a handsome light yellow coloration and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands match the dial nicely, under U.V. light inspection the hour hand lume shows light surface cracking and is stable and the sweep seconds shows very minimal degradation. The white date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
None. The watch is keeping time at COSC spec, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.