Rolex Submariner 16808 'Tropical'Sold
Rolex Submariner 16808 'Tropical'
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The combination of lustrous yellow gold and deep ocean blue is perfect for a decadent sports watch. The bezel provides the contrast since the dial in this case turned from blue into a very unusual and attractive yellow color.
This beauty from 1985 features an 18K yellow gold case and coherent Oyster bracelet that is virtually stretch free. The case is super crisp and has hallmarks clearly visible. But how about that dazzling yellow dial?! These 80's dials tend to discolor and we've seen colours ranging from purple to greenish, but it is only the second time we encounter one that turned complete yellow/ gold!
The 18K yellow gold ref. 16808 Submariner fills an important spot in the history of Rolex diving watches: it is the first Submariner model to feature the most important hallmarks of a modern Submariner. It was introduced in 1978/1979—together with its steel sibling, the 16800—and discontinued a decade later. The 16808 was the first Submariner to feature a sturdy sapphire crystal together with a dial with applied indices giving the watch a thoroughly modern look.