Rolex Submariner 16618Sold
Rolex Submariner 16618
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There’s something perversely decadent about a full gold dive watch. It’s like saying: “who cares if my arm gets chomped by a shark, I can afford a new watch anyway.”Rolex introduced the first gold Submariner, the ref. 1680/8, in 1969 with either a black or blue dial and bezel combo. This 16618 from 1994 sports the beautiful royal blue dial and bezel combination. The dial features 18k yellow gold applied indices with tritium luminous compound that has turned to a pleasing eggshell color over time, matching perfectly with the color of the tritium handset.The 40 mm Oyster case is executed in 18k yellow gold and comes with a matching 18k yellow gold Oyster bracelet with polished center links and a sporty 18k yellow gold safety clasp. The sturdy and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal ensures that the watch can safely be used while soaking your feet or taking a leisurely swim on a hot summer day.The watch is in excellent condition with a thick case, sharp lines and a tight bracelet. Moreover, the original inner box (without the insert) and papers are present as well.
Rolex SubmarinerIn 1953, Rolex introduced one of the world’s first wrist watches geared specifically towards divers: the Submariner. Rolex had to confront a number of challenges when designing its first dive watch. The watch obviously had to withstand significant amounts of pressure and had to accurately measure time spent underwater, which the first Submariner achieved by featuring a 330ft/100m depth rating and a rotating diving bezel. It also had to be easily legible in conditions of reduced visibility yet aesthetically pleasing. Hence, the Sub’s iconic large white tritium hour markers and Mercedes hands set against a contrasting black dial. The Submariner is the most iconic and desirable luxury watch of all time and has been adopted by luminaries such as Jacques Cousteau, Che Guevara, and none other than James Bond. Our favorite Bond, Sean Connery, wore a big crown Sub in the 1962 classic ‘Dr. No’. The watch was also featured in ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’.