Offered here is a lovely example of a Rolex Submariner, circa 1985, in 18kt Yellow Gold, reference 16808. The 16808 was a transitional reference, following the first gold Submariner reference – 1680. The new reference 16808 saw a noticeable upgrade in the movement and sturdiness of the case, switching from a plastic crystal to sapphire. This particular example is fitted with a sunburst blue dial, with gold print. This particular example also comes complete with its original Rolex box and “punched” Warranty Certificate, showing its original sale in August of 1985.
This Rolex Submariner is in great vintage condition. The case does not show signs of overpolishing, with thick and even lugs, and nicely beveled edges. The dial is in perfect condition, with no major flaws; further, the dial has gracefully aged a shade lighter than the royal blue color from factory, and looks stunning in person. Next, the original tritium lume is present on both dial and hands, aged to a nice cream color. The watch comes fitted on its original solid 18kt gold Rolex Oyster 92908 flip-lock bracelet, and has 11 full links (plus diver’s extension) with no stretch.
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