Rolex Submariner 16800 Box & Papers - 1985

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SKU AS00544
SKU AS00544

Why We Love it

Finding high quality vintage Submariners is becoming increasingly difficult.  The market is flooded with poor examples, often suffering from excessive wear or over-polishing, or worse: over "restored" examples presented as all-original.

Given the popularity of the iconic diver in the past five years or so, it is no surprise that many of the cleanest all-original examples have already been snatched up by eager collectors, and prying them out of their hands is often an impossible task...

After all, these watches are numero uno on many enthusiast's grail list for good reason.

The first Rolex Submariner was launched in 1954 and has been in continuous production ever since, making it one of the longest running models of any timepiece made. With indisputably stunning looks that match virtually any situation, the Submariner presents itself to a tremendously broad market. Of course, most people would queue up to buy a new one…but you know better, which is why you’re here.

What you are looking at is a truly stellar example of the Reference 16800, a transitional model which evolved from the first Submariners with a date function (Ref 1680).  Dating from approximately 1985, this particular Sub features a sapphire crystal (the first ever used on a Submariner), brilliant glossy dial, and quick-set date function.  It has developed an absolutely remarkable creamy patina across the hour markers and hands (not often seen on glossy dial version), has a great case that hasn't been over polished by zealous watchmakers, and even has its original bezel insert with unbelievable original caramel dot intact. 

Mounted up on the optional heavy duty Oyster bracelet or one of a selection of leather military-style straps, this is one killer Sub that makes for a perfect daily wearer, and is sure to capture the attention of collectors and aesthetes alike.

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Rolex Submariner 16800 Box & Papers - 1985

Rolex Submariner 16800 Box & Papers - 1985

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Rolex Submariner 16800 Box & Papers - 1985

Why We Love it

Finding high quality vintage Submariners is becoming increasingly difficult.  The market is flooded with poor examples, often suffering from excessive wear or over-polishing, or worse: over "restored" examples presented as all-original.

Given the popularity of the iconic diver in the past five years or so, it is no surprise that many of the cleanest all-original examples have already been snatched up by eager collectors, and prying them out of their hands is often an impossible task...

After all, these watches are numero uno on many enthusiast's grail list for good reason.

The first Rolex Submariner was launched in 1954 and has been in continuous production ever since, making it one of the longest running models of any timepiece made. With indisputably stunning looks that match virtually any situation, the Submariner presents itself to a tremendously broad market. Of course, most people would queue up to buy a new one…but you know better, which is why you’re here.

What you are looking at is a truly stellar example of the Reference 16800, a transitional model which evolved from the first Submariners with a date function (Ref 1680).  Dating from approximately 1985, this particular Sub features a sapphire crystal (the first ever used on a Submariner), brilliant glossy dial, and quick-set date function.  It has developed an absolutely remarkable creamy patina across the hour markers and hands (not often seen on glossy dial version), has a great case that hasn't been over polished by zealous watchmakers, and even has its original bezel insert with unbelievable original caramel dot intact. 

Mounted up on the optional heavy duty Oyster bracelet or one of a selection of leather military-style straps, this is one killer Sub that makes for a perfect daily wearer, and is sure to capture the attention of collectors and aesthetes alike.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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