Rolex Submariner 16800 'Matte'

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The 16800 Submariner takes an important spot in the history of Rolex diving watches: it’s the halfway point between the first Submariner Date (1680) and the well-known 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 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 Oyster case and a full link Oyster bracelet with moderate stretch. The matte black dial dial has turned to a lovely charcoal gray color while the tritium indices have attained a pleasing creamy hue. The bezel still features its original deep black color, while a few scratches here and there add character to this legendary toolwatch together with a dark tritium lume pearl at the 12 o’clock position.


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 luminous 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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