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Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Faded Bezel Insert
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Faded Bezel Insert
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Faded Bezel Insert
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Faded Bezel Insert
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Faded Bezel Insert
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Faded Bezel Insert
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Faded Bezel Insert
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Faded Bezel Insert
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Faded Bezel Insert
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Faded Bezel Insert
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Faded Bezel Insert
Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Faded Bezel Insert
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Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800 Faded Bezel Insert

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Manufacturer: Rolex
Item Number: 118954
Condition: Excellent
Submariner 16800 "Ghost Bezel" 
Serial/Year: 8,0XX,XXX - 1983
Gender: Men's
Movement : Automatic 3035
Case: Excellent case which has just returned from being polished. Comes with a gorgeous bezel insert which has faded to a light grey hue. Inner caseback is stamped: 16800. Serial and reference numbers are crisp and well defined. 
Dial: Excellent matte black tritium dial with warm creamy markers 
Bracelet: Excellent 93150 with 10 links, 593 end links and divers extension 
Box & Papers: Bob's presentation box 
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 16800 is in overall great, attractive condition. The case is strong with scratches and appears to have been polished. The bezel insert has faded to an attractive and even grey color throughout. The bezel also has some wear and scratches. The pip in the bezel has developed patina and darkened. The dial is in excellent condition with patina. The lume on the dial has aged to an attractive pale yellow color. The hands have developed patina and the lume in the hands has darkened . The seconds hand has developed oxidation and the lume has darkened more than the others. When looking closely under a loupe the lume in the hands show some signs of cracking. The bracelet is in great condition with light wear and light stretch between the links. The clasp is stamped "G" which corresponds to 1982 which makes sense for the production of the watch. 

Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800

The Rolex 16800 was the first Submariner to feature a sapphire crystal and had increased water resistance up to 1,000 feet. It also introduced the series to the high-beat cal. 3035 movement with a quick-set date function. The 16800 is referred to as a transitional model because at the beginning of the production run the watches featured matte dials like the previous 1680 and later in the production Rolex changed the dials to glossy with white gold bordering the lume. These early 16800s with matte dials are the perfect mix of vintage styling with modern touches like the sapphire glass and quick-set date. 

The example we have here has aged beautifully over the years. It features a lovely faded bezel and nicely aged lume on the dial. The combination of these characteristics gives this Sub a quintessentially vintage look and unique aesthetic. 

* 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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