Gents 18ct gold and steel Rolex Submariner reference 16803. The Rolex Submariner has been one of if not Rolexâ€™s most iconic and sought after model for over 50 years and remains as popular today as it did over half a century ago. With subtle changes from higher beat movements, to sapphire crystal replacing acrylic crystal, flat index markers becoming raised, and the bezel now in ceramic, the entire look and style has rightfully remained unchanged and has no intention going out of style or popularity anytime soon. Inside it has the Rolex 27 jewelled automatic calibre 3035. This Rolex Submariner 16803 has the “Swiss T<25” dial. Tritium is radioluminescent and has a half life of about 15 years. Since this material was phased out in the 1990’s , it has become more sought after by collectors. If you donâ€™t see a T near the Swiss at the very bottom of the dial, it is not a tritium dial. Tritium develops a nice patina with age and is often what watch collectors go for. When looking at the patina of the dial, make sure the hands have achieved a similar patina and match accordingly.
A brief history on the Rolex Submariner reference 16803:
The Rolex Submariner 16803 was launched in 1984 and was only produced until 1988. This transitional Rolex model is special because it is one of the models that introduced the sapphire crystal to Rolex watches. The 16803 was also the first gold and steel Rolex Submariner model. As with all Rolex Submariners, the 16803 off course is water resistant. With the additional of the sapphire crystal, this allowed an increase of 100 meters to the old Submarinerâ€™s water resistance rate of 200 meters. The Rolex Submariner 16803 was now increased to a water resistance rating of 300 meters.
In perfect condition and fully serviced, this gold and steel black dial Rolex Submariner is just perfect.