Rolex Submariner 16800

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The ref. 16800 Submariner takes an important spot in the history of Rolex diving watches: it’s the halfway point between the first Submariner Date (ref. 1680) and the well-known ref. 16610 from the 1990s. This transitional Sub combines the best of both worlds. The 16800 was introduced in 1978/1979 and discontinued just a decade later. It was the first Submariner to have a sturdy sapphire crystal, while still sporting a matte dial with applied tritium markers. In other words, it combines the wearability and robustness of the modern Submariners paired with the character and aesthetics of a vintage one.This watch dates back to 1985 and is in amazing condition. The 40 mm stainless steel case is thick and still shows the original chamfered edges. The matte dial has turned to a wonderful charcoal grey color with custard colored tritium markers and matching tritium-filled hands. The bezel has turned to a nice grey color, matching the tint of the dial, and has a fair amount of scratches. The watch comes with a nice and tight Oyster bracelet.

Introduction

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’.

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