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Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800

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Brand: Rolex
Item Number: 147315
Condition: (What's This?) Vintage
Model Name/Number:
Submariner 16800 "Grey Bezel" 
Serial/Year: 8,9XX,XXX - 1986
Gender: Men's
Movement: Automatic 3035 
Case: Excellent stainless steel case with scratches and light nicks. The bevels are still visible. The reference and case numbers are clearly visible between the lugs. The bezel ring is still sharp and in great condition with some wear. The bezel insert has aged to a lovely grey color and has scratches, wear and some marks throughout. The bezel has one circle mark between 10 and 15 along the edge. The pip at 12 has aged and around the pip shows some wear. The sapphire crystal is in great condition with a few nicks around the edge. 
Dial: The black dial is in excellent condition with a fine light patina throughout. The lume on the dial and in the hands has developed patina and aged to a custard color. The lume in the hands has aged a bit lighter than the lume on the dial. 
Bracelet: Stainless Steel Oyster 93150 bracelet with 11 links, 593 end links and divers extension. The bracelet is in overall good, honest condition with some stretch between the links and scratches. The clasp is stamped "J3" indicating it is from 1985 which makes sense for the production date. The clasp has some wear on the sides and slight indentations. 
Box & Papers: Rolex presentation box, outer box, and Submariner product literature 
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.

Pre-Owned Watch Condition Examination

This Rolex watch is in vintage condition with wear consistent with age. The case is strong with scratches and light nicks, the bevels are still visible. The bezel has aged to a beautiful grey color that can look blue/ grey depending on the light. The dial and hands have aged nicely with light patina. The lume has all aged to a nice yellow color with the hands being a bit lighter. The bracelet is in good condition with wear, scratches and some stretch between the links. The presentation box is missing the cuff that the watch would sit on. 

vintage Rolex Submariner 16800

By Paul Altieri

The Rolex Submariner came to market in the 1950s and is easily one of the most recognizable models in the brand's catalog. The reference 16800 is a desirable collector's item that bridges the gap between the 4-digit series and the modern Submariner as we know it today. It is often referred to as a "transitional Rolex" because it was the first Submariner to feature a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, high-beat cal. 3035 movement, and 300-meter depth rating.

This example is in overall great, honest condition and has developed a lovely patina throughout. From the nicely aged grey bezel to the beautiful yellow colored lume, this 16800 checks a lot of boxes. 

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Vintage Rolex Submariner 16800
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  • September 16, 2021
    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.

  • November 28, 2020
    Rolex 16800

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

  • July 3, 2020
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    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!!!!!

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