1985 Rolex Submariner (Ref.16800) Box and Papers

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. 

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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 1985 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 has achieved a "matte" finish on the originally glossy dial, an attractive characteristic paired with the white gold lume plot surrounds.

Stock # RLXSUB8416800-4
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 16800
Serial 86XXXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Glossy Black (Matte)
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex oyster 93150 with 593 end links 



The wonderful and thick case of this 1985 Ref.16800 shows light evidence of being polished and does show wear. The original 93150 oyster bracelet retains all of its original links and shows very minimal stretch and including original 593 end links. The original insert retains its tritium pear which has achieved a nice patina which matches the dial and hands of the watch.


This stunning original dial rich in patina has taken on a matte finish after being originally a gloss finish, with the white gold surrounds this creates a unique and sophisticated appearance. The tritium lume plots and hands are free of any lume degradation and remain 100% intact. The lume has taken on a wonderful cream colored patina and the original tritium hands match the dial perfectly.


Watch comes complete with inner and outer boxes, paper, and Rolex anchor. 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.