1986 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. The Rolex Ref 16610 was in production for 10 years and there are many variants within the reference range.

This specific example from 1986 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 # RLXSUB8616800
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 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 original 93150 oyster bracelet with 593 end pieces retains all of its 10 links and shows very minimal stretch. 


The black gloss dial remains in perfect condition. The tritium lume plots have aged to a charming ivory color and remain fully intact. The hands were professionally restored at some point and have been matched to the color of the lume plots.


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.