|Serial:||7,5XX,XXX - 1983|
|Accessories:||Rolex Box and Papers|
*The Watch is running at COSC spec.
*This item has a Reserve
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With all of the rising prices in the vintage Rolex world, certain watches still are underrated. When people ask Paul Altieri of Bob’s Watches what watch is still undervalued in his eyes, he says the reference 16800, particularly the earlier examples like the present lot. The reference 16800 followed the reference 1680, which was the first Submariner to include the date. The reference 16800 added the useful quickset feature for the date, and a sapphire crystal, allowing the watch to go to a maximum depth of 1,000 feet (300 meters), instead of the 660 feet (200 meters) of the reference 1680. This lot is an early example of a reference 16800, featuring a dial where the tritium luminous material is applied directly to the dial, rather than surrounded by white gold (known as “white gold surrounds” in the watch collector community).
This is a very versatile watch that is easy to wear, with the sapphire crystal that is more scratch-resistant than the acrylic crystals of older watches, but with the beauty of a vintage-looking dial, allowing it to elegantly straddle the line between vintage and modern.
The previous watch owner and his father were both watch fanatics. In 1984, his father was robbed at gunpoint, and had his two Rolex watches and cash stolen from him. Shortly after, in the summer before starting high school, his dad bought two new Rolex watches to replace the ones that were stolen. His dad said that if he took good care of the watch for 2 years, he would buy him his first car. His father owned his own structural engineering firm, while he has worked in sales for most of his life. Not too long ago, he decided to start his own company, and he felt like his dad would have wanted him to sell the watches to fund his venture. His father passed away in 2009, and one of his fondest memories of his father is working on custom hot rods together, with both of them wearing their Rolex watches. Owning a Submariner led him to get open sea and deep sea diving certified, and he wore his the Submariner as he explored most of coastal Florida.
The dial appears to be original and is the early matte dial version, with tritium luminous material directly on the dial. The tritium luminous material has aged to a beautiful cream color. There is a tiny mark on the dial to the right of the central post. The hour, minute, and seconds hands appear to be original, and the tritium luminous material matches the dial, but is aging with some spots in the material.
The case has scratches throughout and is heavily worn, but is possibly unpolished. It has a ding on the edge of the lower left lug.
The bezel insert appears to be original, with scratches throughout. The tritium luminous pearl in the bezel in the 12 o’clock triangle appears to be original.
The bracelet is a 93150, with 595 end links and a date code of S R5, indicating it is a service replacement produced in May 1993.
The Triplock crown appears to be original. The sapphire crystal is a replacement. The watch is running and keeping time with a one-year service warranty included. Bracelet has 11 links and will approximately fit an 8.25 inch wrist.
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