Rolex Submariner Date
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Casual luxury: two words that might sound incongruous when paired together, and yet it’s something that Rolex does well.
The Submariner is a perfect example of what we mean by this. We first saw it on the wrist of James Bond in 1962’s Dr. No. Whether Bond was wearing swim trunks, a polo shirt, or even a tux, the Submariner was always on his wrist, and looked perfect the whole time.
Without a doubt, James Bond’s style is worth emulating, but those in search of the James Bond Sub might find themselves at a loss. “Big Crown” Subs like what Bond wore are hard to come by these days, due to their short production run. Moreover, those that can be had often come with a price tag that would make even Blofeld blush.
Fortunately, Submariners from the 1980s, like the one we offer here, give you the look—with an added flair.
In the late 1970s, Rolex rolled out the Reference 16800. With its slightly thicker Oyster case and uni-directional bezel—both new designs for the model—it was every bit the tool watch that men of action like James Bond had relied on for decades. And in its early years the dial was virtually indistinguishable from the 1680’s: matte black with tritium-coated indices.
However, in the next decade, the Submariner took on a more rarefied air. The switch to glossy dials with white gold surrounds made it a watch that anyone, not just those on Her Majesty’s Secret Service, would want to pair with a suit. Moreover, the date window makes it a watch that can be worn every day—and, honestly, should.
Dating from 1984, this 16800, complete with 93150/593 Oyster bracelet, boasts a fine even patina to the tritium elements of the dial.
As elegant as it is refined, we can think of no better watch to channel your inner Bond.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
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.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
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.
Rolex Submariner Date