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Up for sale is a Rolex Submariner Date, Reference 168000. This specific Rolex Submariner is a very rare transitional reference combining the best elements of both the vintage and modern Rolex Submariner into one complete package. This Submariner has an R2XXXXX Serial Number dating this beauty back to 1987.
In 1987, the 904L stainless steel case that would be used in the next generation of Submariners was ready (an upgrade from the 316L stainless steel case used in the 168000’s predecessors); however, the new caliber 3135 movement slated to be used in the 16610 was not yet ready. For this reason, Rolex manufactured a very limited amount of Rolex 168000’s bearing the new 904L stainless steel case used in the 16610 but fitted with the caliber 3035 movements that its predecessors used (the 1680 and 16800). After 7-9 months of production of the 168000, it would be replaced by the 16610, hence the extra “0” Rolex added to differentiate this short-lived reference. The 168000 carries the heritage of the caliber 3035 movements with the modern elegance Rolex’s 904L stainless steel case still used today, all on the most iconic watch of all time. A true transitional and a true collectible!
The stunning and rare transitional gloss dial has taken on a matte look as a result of oxidation which is common in the triple zero references. The dial has taken on a subtle but respectable patina and the lume has taken on a wonderful cream like patina. The lume plots match the hands perfectly, a testament to the fact that the dial is original and free of any service parts.
The movement has been regularly serviced throughout its lifetime and the movement was fully overhauled in February of 2019 by a skilled watchmaker in New Hampshire, for a total of $950. The watch keeps exquisite time, ± 3 seconds/day, which is an incredible feat for a Submariner of this age. The 168000 is very rare by nature as a result of its short-lived production, and it is becoming increasingly collectible. If you are looking for a rare sub that will appreciate in the near future or a birth year sub, this may be your only chance for a while.
Price: $8,000 shipped worldwide.
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