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Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Black
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Black
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Black
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Black
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Black
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Black
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Black
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Black
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Black
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Black
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Black
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Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Black

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Manufacturer: Rolex
Item Number: 141537
Condition: Vintage
Model Name/Number:
Submariner 16800 "Lightly Worn, Box & Papers" 
Serial: 8852XXX
Year: Circa 1985
Gender: Men's
Movement: Automatic 3035
Case: Stainless steel case, the caseback is factory stickered and is stamped "16800." Serial and reference numbers are clearly visible.
Dial: Black dial with "pumpkin" colored lume on dial and lighter hands 
Bracelet: Stainless steel 93150 Oyster with 12 links, 593 end links and divers extension. The clasp is stamped "J3" indicating it is from 1985. 
Box & Papers: Rolex presentation box, wallet, chronometer hang tag and punched Rolex papers dated 06/1985
Warranty: This 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.

Vintage Watch Condition Examination:

This watch is in excellent, lightly worn vintage condition. The case is strong with some scratches and nicks; it appears to be unpolished with the bevels visible. The caseback sticker is still in tact. The bezel ring is sharp with an excellent well preserved insert with light wear. The pip has aged to a similar pumpkin color of the lume. The bezel is tight when rotating. The glossy black dial is in excellent condition with a fine patina that has developed throughout; it is hard to notice depending on the lighting. The lume on the dial has developed patina and aged to a striking pumpkin color; the hands have aged to an even lighter pale yellow color. The bracelet is in excellent condition with light surface wear and scratches.

Description: Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800

Pre-owned Rolex Submariner ref 16800 (1985) 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, like the example we have here. 

This example is in overall excellent condition with a beautiful and striking athestic. The lume on the dial has aged to an intense pumpkin color giving this watch some serious character. In addition to the great look, it comes complete with box and punched papers. The kit also includes a little green Rolex plastic wallet with a sticker having the corresponding serial number. These 16800s with white gold surrounds aren't necessarily rare, but finding them in condition like this is getting harder to find. 

* 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.


Each order is ready for shipment within one (1) business day after the order is approved and processed. All watch orders are shipped FedEx overnight and are fully insured at no charge to the customer. Please be advised that for any deliveries from Bob's Watches, a recipient aged 21 years or older must be present to provide a signature upon receipt of the package.

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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.

Capt. Greg
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.

Mary Sutherland
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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