Rolex Submariner Date
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Rolex’s mastery of mass-production means that there is, quite literally, a Submariner for everyone. Attend any watch meetup in any city around the world and you’re sure to find a Reference 5513 or a Reference 1680 there, or—if you’re extremely lucky—an early “Big Crown” model. This is due in part to the Submariner’s enduring legacy as a tool watch sported by anyone from military divers to men of mystery like James Bond.
Moreover, it’s this use by such rough-and-ready, take-no-prisoners individuals that has made it a watchword for reliability and durability.
But nowadays, you’re more likely to wear a digital dive computer when you roll off the gunwale and plunge into the deep. A Submariner is, more than anything, a status symbol—something that subtly (or, in the case of two-tone models, not-so-subtly) telegraphs your success. There’s a kind of swagger than comes from wearing a dive watch for something other than diving; when you’re suiting up for the big board meeting, what looks better on your wrist than a Sub?
While not everyone can be James Bond, wearing a vintage Sub is the closest you can get to it. But owning a “Big Crown” Sub like what Bond wore might be out of reach for most people. Moreover, given the growing popularity of watch collecting as a hobby, no-date models like the 5513 are become scarce as well.
For those of us looking for the perfect vintage Sub, one that combines the rugged nature of the 5513 with the versatility of a modern Sub, there’s this watch—the Reference 16800.
Rolex introduced the first date model of Submariner, the Reference 1680, in the late 1960s. However, despite that addition, the Sub was the same rugged tool watch it had always been. But with the constraints posed on the watch industry after the Quartz Crisis, many brands had to shift gears in order to compete against the chic new import.
Therefore, in the early 1980s, Rolex introduced the Reference 16800. The 16800 introduced more modern touches to the line, including a quickset date and a sapphire crystal. While most examples of the Reference 16800 sport a glossy dial with white gold surrounds, a clear transition into the world of luxury that Rolex now occupies, the earliest examples of this reference (often referred to as "transitional" ones) sport an old-school matte dial that many collectors prefer.
With a serial number that dates this Submariner to 1983, it’s an excellent example of a newly-vintage watch. It possesses a strong case and a dial with fine even patina to the hour plots. Combining modern refinements with classic vintage Submariner looks, we can think of no better watch for daily wear.
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