Rolex Submariner

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SKU AS01393
SKU AS01393

Why We Love it

When you change a classic design like the Rolex Submariner, you risk raising the ire of Submariner purists.  The Reference 1680, released in 1966, deviated from previous iterations of the Submariner--like the beloved ref. 5513--by including a date window. This change was remarkably divisive because, according the diehards, if you need a date on your dive watch, you're kind of screwed.

Despite the divided opinions on the ref. 1680, from a non-purist's standpoint, it ticks all the boxes for a tool watch. A sturdy stainless steel case? Check. Robust movement that is dust-proof, shock-proof, and waterproof? Check, check, and check.

The ref. 16800, successor to the ref. 1680, is viewed as a transitional model because it's the first Submariner reference to have a sapphire crystal. Another slightly polarizing change is the inclusion of white gold surrounds to the hour plots. It was also fitted with a uni-directional ratcheting bezel, a glossy (rather than matte) dial, the Rolex Cal. 3085 movement, and--most infuriating of all to the diehard Submariner purist--a quick-set date function.

But we're here to argue the case for the much-maligned Submariner Ref. 16800, a transitional model that gets no love even though we think it should. Whether or not you actually need a date on your dive watch is one thing, but utility aside, that--and other innovations--launched the ref. 16800 into the luxury realm. Now, the Sub can transition seamlessly from casual wear to the board room with only a change of clothes. Even though James Bond wore a Sub with a suit, that was then, and this is now. These changes dressed up the Submariner and made wearing a Sub with business attire more permissible for those without a license to kill. 

Our Submariner is a catch. Complete with its original case back sticker, and coming on the solid-end link Ref. 93150 Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp, this 16800 is the perfect Rolex for a collector who wants a modern watch with vintage looks. The tritium on the dial has faded to an even yellow hue, giving it that weathered look of a tool watch that's been places and bears witness to the watch's incredible history. 

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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

Rolex Submariner

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Rolex Submariner

Why We Love it

When you change a classic design like the Rolex Submariner, you risk raising the ire of Submariner purists.  The Reference 1680, released in 1966, deviated from previous iterations of the Submariner--like the beloved ref. 5513--by including a date window. This change was remarkably divisive because, according the diehards, if you need a date on your dive watch, you're kind of screwed.

Despite the divided opinions on the ref. 1680, from a non-purist's standpoint, it ticks all the boxes for a tool watch. A sturdy stainless steel case? Check. Robust movement that is dust-proof, shock-proof, and waterproof? Check, check, and check.

The ref. 16800, successor to the ref. 1680, is viewed as a transitional model because it's the first Submariner reference to have a sapphire crystal. Another slightly polarizing change is the inclusion of white gold surrounds to the hour plots. It was also fitted with a uni-directional ratcheting bezel, a glossy (rather than matte) dial, the Rolex Cal. 3085 movement, and--most infuriating of all to the diehard Submariner purist--a quick-set date function.

But we're here to argue the case for the much-maligned Submariner Ref. 16800, a transitional model that gets no love even though we think it should. Whether or not you actually need a date on your dive watch is one thing, but utility aside, that--and other innovations--launched the ref. 16800 into the luxury realm. Now, the Sub can transition seamlessly from casual wear to the board room with only a change of clothes. Even though James Bond wore a Sub with a suit, that was then, and this is now. These changes dressed up the Submariner and made wearing a Sub with business attire more permissible for those without a license to kill. 

Our Submariner is a catch. Complete with its original case back sticker, and coming on the solid-end link Ref. 93150 Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp, this 16800 is the perfect Rolex for a collector who wants a modern watch with vintage looks. The tritium on the dial has faded to an even yellow hue, giving it that weathered look of a tool watch that's been places and bears witness to the watch's incredible history. 

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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