The rare transitional Submariner 16808 was made in the early 1980s between the 1680 and the 16618 models. Rolex introduced the sapphire crystal at this point, as well as upgrading the 1570 movement to the 3035 that had a higher beat to improve accuracy. The unusual “nipple dial” (so called because of the larger gold surrounds on the tritium markers) makes the watch desirable to collectors, but even without these elements, the vibrancy of the blue and gold colours makes for a stunning overall appearance. This is a chance to own a rare piece of Rolex history for a very good price.
This Rolex has undergone a thorough inspection of water resistance, accuracy, functionality and condition to determine the level of reconditioning required to meet our strict standards. It has also been referenced against technical documents and manufacturer records where available to ensure authenticity and a clean history. All our watches have a 24-month warranty for your peace of mind.
One of our skilled polishing technicians has removed marks on the case and bracelet of this watch, brought about by daily wear and tear, which is why this watch does not come with the remaining manufacturer’s warranty.
Year: Approx. 1978
Product code: 266328
Case size: 40 MM
Case material: Yellow Gold
Movement: Automatic A mechanical watch is powered by a spring. Manual mechanical watches must be hand wound. Automatic watches are also mechanical, and are wound by a weight that spins with the wearer's movements. A quartz watch is battery powered and extremely accurate.
Bracelet: Yellow Gold (Oyster) (length 17 cm)
Dial type: Blue
Water resistance: 300 metres