1986 Rolex Submariner (Ref.16800)
This Rolex Submariner ref. 16800 is a 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 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.
|Dial||Glossy Black (Matte)|
|Bracelet||Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet W/ 593 End Pieces|
The previously polished case shows light signs of honest use and retains symmetrical lugs and strong crown guards. The original bezel insert remains deep black in coloration with some wear from use and retains it tritium pearl which matches the dial patina nicely. The sapphire crystal remains clean showing no blemishing or scratches. The original Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 593 end pieces retains 11 links with some light stretch from use.
The originally glossy black dial has achieved a consistent matte patina and texture throughout. The tritium lume plots have taken on a charming creamy patina and show no degradation under U.V. light. The original tritium hands have aged slightly lighter than the dial, there is some dust on the Mercedes hour hands and the minute hand exhibits some corrosion, under U.V. light inspection the hands show no lume degradation or lume loss. The white date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
None. Watch is keeping time and functioning perfectly, previous service history unknown.