1993 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 16610) "Ghost Bezel"
The Rolex Submariner Ref. 16610 was first introduced in 1986 by Rolex but didn't come into commercial availability until about 1987. And is the direct predecessor to the earlier 16800 and 168000 Submariner references. Still featuring a lot of the same functions, the 16610 has an upgraded stainless steel case, from 316L steel to the highly corrosive resistant 904L steel, and featured the upgraded Rolex 3135 movement.
The earlier 16610 Submariner examples still feature tritium dials, which were replaced at the end of 1998 with super-luminova, which have become very desirable due to excellent color changes the lume can take on. Creating a wonderful vintage appeal with useful modern functionality.
|Dial||Black (WG Surrounds)|
|Bracelet||Rolex Oyster Flip lock 93150 W/ 501B End Pieces|
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent case retains light factory chamfers, showing honest wear from use. The bezel remains unpolished showing very light wear. The original bezel insert has faded to an excellent light blue coloration that is not commonly seen in the later submariner references and retains it tritium pearl which has aged to a nice caramel coloration. The original Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 501B end pieces remains unpolished showing some wear and stretch from use.
DIAL & HANDS
The gorgeous glossy dial remains flawless in condition. The tritium lume plots have taken on a slight ivory patina, exhibiting no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly, under U.V. light inspection the hour and minute hand show no degradation, the sweep seconds hand exhibits light degradation.
None. Watch is running at spec, previous service history is unknown.