Rolex Submariner 16800 'Matte MK3'Sold
Rolex Submariner 16800 'Matte MK3'
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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 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 a modern Submariner paired with the character and aesthetics of a vintage one.
This 16800 dates back to 1982 and is in excellent condition with a thick and sharp stainless steel case, with chamfers still visible, and a sturdy Oyster bracelet. The matte black dial dial is spotless and has turned to a lovely charcoal gray color and the tritium indices, hands, and lume pip are in perfect condition too. The original bezel still features a deep black color, the discoloured tritium lime-pip that adds character to this legendary toolwatch.
- SKU 7321