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Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner 16800 Stainless Steel
Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner 16800 Stainless Steel
Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner 16800 Stainless Steel
Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner 16800 Stainless Steel
Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner 16800 Stainless Steel
Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner 16800 Stainless Steel
Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner 16800 Stainless Steel
Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner 16800 Stainless Steel
Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner 16800 Stainless Steel
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Pre-Owned Rolex Submariner 16800 Stainless Steel

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Manufacturer: Rolex
Item Number: 138281
Condition: Excellent
Model Name/Number:
Submariner 16800 "Matte Dial" 
Serial/Year: 7,4XX,XXX - 1983
Gender: Men's
Movement: Automatic 3035 
Case: Excellent stainless steel case that has been previously polished and shows light signs of surface wear. Serial and reference numbers are clearly visible. Back of caseback is stamped 16800. The scratch resistant sapphire crystal is in excellent condition. 
Dial: Black matte dial with Tritium creamy hour markers. The dial shows faint spotting normal with age.
Bracelet: Stainless steel 93150 Oyster bracelet with 10 links, 593 end links and divers extension. Back of the Fliplock clasp is stamped 62510H. The bracelet and clasp shows signs of wear and polishing. 
Box & Papers: Bob's presentation box 
Warranty: This pre-owned vintage Rolex comes with Bob's Watches one year warranty
Return Policy: If not 100% satisfied, return watch in 3 days for a full refund. Terms.

Pre-Owned Watch Condition Examination

This Rolex watch is in overall good vintage condition. The case is in good condition and has been polished, it has some scratches. The bezel is in good condition with some light wear and scratches. The pip at 12 is a later replacement and still glows. The dial is in good condition with patina and some spotting throughout. The lume in the hands has been re-done and still glows. The hour markers on the dial have developed patina and have aged to a pleasing pale yellow color. The bracelet is in fair condition with signs of wear, polishing and stretch between the links. The clasp shows signs of polishing and the cornonet has been polished off. The clasp is marked "A" which corresponds to 1976 and appears to be an earlier replacement. 

Rolex Submariner 16800

By Paul Altieri

The 16800 is referred to as a transitional model. Rolex went from acrylic to sapphire crystal, an updated movement with quick-set date, and at the beginning of the run the watches featured matte dials like the previous 1680. Later in the production Rolex changed the dials to glossy with white gold surrounds. These are known as transitional models due to the blend of older and new features Rolex decided to use together. These early 16800s with matte dials are the perfect mix of vintage styling with modern touches like the sapphire glass and quick-set date.

* All Pre-Owned Rolex watches are guaranteed to be 100% genuine and certified authentic. Certificates are issued by WatchCSA, the industry's leading independent authority on watch authentication. WatchCSA Certified Pre-Owned certificates are provided for an additional fee at checkout. All watches are shipped to fit the average size wrist (7 1/4" - 7 1/2" for men and 6 1/4" - 6 1/2" for women). Additional links can be purchased if needed. Note that "B&P" means "box and papers" where stated.


This pre-owned Rolex comes with Bob's Watches one year warranty

We even offer free over night shipping, so you can be rest assured you'll be happy with your purchase.

Overall great experience and product

Watch was in condition as pictured and described. Some major dents and scuffs on the bracelet/end-link were hidden well by the lighting but were very noticeable in person. Overall the watch was in great shape for the age.

Rolex 16800

The watch is in great condition and comes with box and papers and was priced well.

Great process

First time investing in a timepiece. Go forward without fear,doubt or stress. No regrets cant wait to do it again!!! Watch created in my birth year!! Arrived on my bday. Perfect customer service, Thank-you Stacy!!!!!

Birth Year Sub 16800

I’ve bought multiple modern pieces from Bob’s and had a great experience every time. I’ve been looking to buy a birth year Rolex for awhile now and for me, that’s a late production run 16800. Couldn’t be happier with the watch and for those out there looking for a Sub, you should seriously consider the 16800. It has some great “modern” features, but holds true to a more vintage feel and elegance. Incredibly comfortable on the wrist and will undoubtedly continue to grow in value in my opinion. It’s a can’t miss buy all the way around.

Rolex 16800

Delighted to see that the watch was in excellent condition, just as described in the website.

Post Purchase from Bob's

Description was accurate, sales representative (Sarah) was helpful when comparing multiple timepieces, payment and shipment was quick and appraisal was provided promptly. Excellent experience with Bob's and adore the Rolex 16800. It's exactly what I was looking for.

A fair trade

I aquired an older vintage Rolex in a trade. It was going to cost a lot to refurb. Bob's offered a very fair trade in on a completely refurbed Submariner. I was very happy with service and the Submariner. A very positive experience and now the proud owner of a well running Rolex

Excellent Service & Quality Item

Bob's provided excellent service even when calling them to see if my PayPal transaction had posted so I could receive my purchase the next day. I am certain that not every company's Accounting team would be so customer oriented and my experience certified that I would go nowhere else for my vintage Rolex watches.


The is as expected for a 30 year old Rolex, came with box and papers. Super fast shipping.

Black Submariner

I purchased this black Submariner for my son as a graduation gift. It is a classic watch, great to use in a new profession or for leisure activities. My son loves it and wears it daily. Thanks, Bobs!

Classic Look

This is one of those watches I think every collector needs. It's not too flashy, good for everyday wear and it's a Rolex (need I say more). Very happy with my purchase.

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