Debuting in 1953 and released to the public the following year, the Rolex Submariner has undoubtedly become one of the most iconic timepieces of all time, thanks to its legendary status as Rolex's flagship dive watch. Used extensively by the British Royal Navy and professional diving operations like COMEX, the Submariner set the bar for all dive watches to follow. Featuring a genuinely timeless design that has remained relatively unchanged throughout its history, the Rolex Submariner has become the archetypal sports watch. With very few large-scale aesthetic upgrades made to it over the years except for timely advancements like introducing a date function to the collection in the late '60s, and its modern cerachrom bezels, the Submariner is seen as the prototypical dive watch thanks to its consistency. As a result, the Submariner has earned its status as a legendary watch, with it still remaining as one of the most sought-after timepieces around.
Released in 1979, the Submariner ref. 16800 represented a major upgrade to the previous Submariner, the ref. 1680. Considered a transitional model between the first Submariner Date and its modern counterparts, the ref. 16800 featured the new cal. 3035 movement, which introduced a quick-set date function and thus made it much easier to cycle through the date.
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Est. value range
$10,000 – $15,000
Watch is in overall excellent condition. Case is thick and lugs are full, with only minor surface wear evident. The dial and hands are tritium, but the hands are a slightly lighter shade of cream. There is very minor corrosion along the bottom of the dial that is visible in images. Watch comes on a later date code oyster bracelet with 12 links total and 2 removable. There is little stretch.
With its pitch black bezel insert, sharp edges and preserved surfaces, this ref. 16800 is a fantastic demonstration of what vintage Rolex timepieces were like when they first left the AD.