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 1987 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.
Glossy Black (Matte)
Rolex oyster 93150 with 593 end links
CASE & BRACELET
The thick case remains unpolished, retaining the original factory chamfering finish. The original insert shows light wear, retaining its tritium pearl which has achieved a rich patina matching the dial nicely. The original and unpolished 93150 oyster bracelet with 593 end pieces retains all of its 11 links and shows very minimal stretch.
DIAL & HANDS
The black glossy dial has achieved an excellent textured patina, consistent throughout the dial. The tritium lume plots have aged to a charming creamy coloration. The original tritium hands are half a shade lighter than the dial, matching the overall look and appearance of the watch. Both the lume plots and hands show as fully intact when inspected 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.