1985 Rolex Submariner (Ref.16800)

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. 

This specific example from 1985 would make a great vintage daily driver for the man who appreciates the vintage but requires 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 # RLXSUB8516800-2
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 16800
Serial 87XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Glossy Black (Matte)
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Handmade Leather Strap



The thick case shows signs of light polishing and shows very little wear. The original insert retains its tritium pearl which has achieved a rich dark patina that coordinates nicely with the dial. the watch will be supplied with a hand made leather strap


The black gloss dial has taken on a desired textured almost matte like appearance that is common with early gloss 16800 dials. The tritium lume plots and hands have aged to a charming ivory color and remain fully intact when viewed under U.V. light.


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.