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.
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. The Rolex Ref 16610 was in production for 10 years and there are many variants within the reference range.
This specific example from 1984 would make a great vintage daily driver for the man who appreciates the elements of vintage meets modern but needs the durability of a sapphire crystal and the water resistance of a trip-lock crown. This Ref 16800 contains what is commonly known as a "Spider Dial" due to a manufacturing flaw in th lacquering process 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 case of this 1984 Ref.16800 is sharp and retains the factory chamfers on the case. The original 93150 oyster bracelet retains all of its original links and shows very minimal stretch and included are the original 593 end links. The original insert retains its tritium pear which has achieved a golden patina which matches the dial and hands of the watch.
DIAL & HANDS
The stunning and original dial is what is commonly referred to as a "Spider Dial" the tritium lume plots and hands are free of any lume degradation and 100 percent intact. The lume has taken on a wonderful eye catching golden patina and the original tritium hands match the dial perfectly.
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.