1987 Rolex Submariner (Ref.168000) "Triple Zero" Transitional Model

This specific Rolex Submariner Ref.168000 is both very rare and transitional that combines the best elements of both the vintage and modern Rolex Submariner into one complete package. The Rolex Submariner Ref 168000 was only produced in for about 7-9 months between 1987-1988 making it a very rare reference.

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This specific model is considered to be a very rare variant of the Rolex Ref.16800 model due to a very short period of production and simple but substantial improvements. Hence the extra "0" Rolex added to differentiate this short-lived reference. The main difference would be the improvement in the quality of the stainless steel, which was upgraded from grade 316L to grade 904L. After only about 9 months of production 168000 was replaced with 16610 which was much the same watch but with the new 3135 movements.

This specific example would make a great addition to any rare vintage collection for the man who appreciates the elements of the vintage patina of a previously glossy dial that turned matte. These Submariners include a sapphire crystal and the water resistance of a trip-lock crown. These transitional models like the one we are featuring here are becoming increasingly harder and harder to find due to the limited production numbers of these rare transitional examples.

Stock # RLXSUB87168000-3
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner 
Model 168000
Serial R5XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Black Glossy
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet W/ 593 End Pieces



The unpolished case of this 1987 Ref.168000 remains sharp, showing strong factory finishing. The bezel insert exhibits some very light wear and retains its tritium pearl, which matches the dial patina nicely The case also retains the original green Rolex case back sticker. The Rolex 93150 oyster bracelet retains all of its original links and shows very minimal stretch and included are the 593 oyster end links.


The stunning and rare transitional gloss dial remains in flawless condition. The tritium lume plots have achieved a charming yellow coloration, exhibiting no degradation under U.V light inspection. The original tritium hands have aged slightly lighter than the dial, commonly seen in transitional references of this era, and show no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.


None. Watch is running at COSC spec.