About This Watch:
The Rolex Submariner is one of the most iconic timepieces made, by any watch manufacturer, ever. Designed as a sports/dive watch, it’s classic styling remains the model for many modern watches in production today. The 16800 was one of the first Submariners to receive a sapphire crystal and a 300m water depth rating.
The History: The Rolex brand needs no introduction. Founded in 1905 by Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, these visionary men set out to do what had not been successfully and reliably done before. Build a timepiece to be worn on the wrist, that was both highly reliable, functional, and durable, as well as stylish. Wilsdorf’s dream was to create a watch that could accompany its owner through all facets of life and withstand any environment. His innovative approach and high standards for quality re-shaped the watch industry as a whole. It has made the Rolex name synonymous with quality, innovation, and elegance.
The Watch: The Rolex Submariner 16800 has a 40mm stainless steel case, with sapphire crystal. It features the Caliber 3035 movement and applied 18K white gold indices and hands filled with tritium lume.
The Details: This 16800 dates to a 1984 production year. The case is in very good condition with even lugs and sharp chamfers. The bezel is beginning to patina to a desirable bluish grey color, and the gloss dial is turning matte, with parts of the dial turning tropical, as visible in the photos. The pearl is still present on the bezel. The lume on the hands and the hour markers are still present and have developed a yellow/creme-colored patina. The bracelet is also in very good condition, with the crown logo still sharp on the clasp. The bracelet reference is the Oyster 93150 with 593 end links.