Rolex Submariner 168000

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The Rolex Submariner 168000 is the reference with the shortest production run in Submariner history.This piece was only made for 9 months in 1988 and 1989 and is different from its predecessor (the 16800) because of the different use of metal. Namely, 904L stainless steel instead of 316L stainless steel. By the end of the production of the 16800, the Submariner already had a glossy dial and 18k white-gold applied indices with luminescent coating. Also, it already had sapphire crystal. Literally, the only difference between the two is the type of steel used, which is barely visible. Because of its short production run, this is quite a rare and collectible Submariner that also combines all qualities a classic Submariner should have.


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 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 (early reference of the Submariner with a big crown and without crown guards) in the 1962 classic ‘Dr. No’. The watch was also featured in ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’.


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