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Lot #1636

Rolex Submariner 16800 With Guarantee

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Introduction

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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Grade

M 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Guarantee Certifcate

Est. value range

$10,000 – $15,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

40mm

Model

Submariner

Movement

Automatic cal. 3035

Reference

16800

Bracelet

Stainless steel Oyster bracelet

Year

1987

Condition

Excellent

Material

Stainless steel

Included

Watch and papers

Dial Color

Black

THE DIAL

Offered in spectacular condition, this example's gorgeous black dial features beautifully aged luminescent paint on both its hands and hour markers with an even yellow patina throughout, indicating careful ownership throughout its life.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Offered in great condition, this example's edges are sharp, its black anodized aluminum bezel is virtually scratch-free, and its signature stainless steel construction is devoid of wear and tear throughout. The final cherry on top, the Rolex coronet atop its Oysterlock clasp is extremely pronounced.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

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.

Our Perspective

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.

Justin Gruenberg

Co-founder