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Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 168000

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Pre-owned Rolex 40mm Submariner Date, Black Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 168000

The Rolex Submariner references 16800 and 168000 are both important pieces in the history of the Submariner.  Produced for a short time, they are considered transitional models as they introduced to the submariner the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and high beat caliber 3035.  When Rolex upgraded the case to the 904L stainless steel, they added an extra zero to the 16800 reference, giving us the reference 168000.  This Submariner has a water  resistance to 1,000 feet, a Triplock screw-down crown, a black unidirectional bezel, and a matching black dial with luminous hour markers and Mercedes hands.  The dial featured the metal bezel rings around the hour marker dots, which would carry forward to the next model.  Most dials on reference 168000 do not age well and are often distressed.  This dial is very good condition relative to other examples.  The original lume shows some cracking and has turned an attractive dark tannish-brown color, (a portion of the lume at the 12 hour marker has degraded.).  The hands are Super-luminova and the original sapphire crystal is in generally good condition with a few smaller scratches.  Attached to the watch is the Oyster bracelet with Oyster-lock clasp. The reference 168000 is a nice mix of vintage and modern, making it a good choice for your first Submariner or to have in a collection.

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel


Rotating, Uni-Directional, Aluminum, 60-Minute

Box and Papers

No Box | No Papers

Band Type

Bracelet, Oyster Bracelet





Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size








Crystal Material


Dial Color





40mm – 42mm


2-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0005002
Model #168000
Model NameSubmariner
Year Producedca 1986
Serial Number938xxxx


Rolex is recognized throughout the world not only as a brand associated with luxury, but as a watch that is both luxurious and precise.  For Rolex, this hard-won and well-deserved recognition was never in doubt.  The founder, Hans Wilsdorf named the company Rolex to be pronounceable in any language, as he anticipated the acclaim his company would receive due to relentless pursuit of precision and accuracy in a wristwatch.  Soon after its founding, Rolex produced the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was followed rapidly by receipt of a certificate of precision from the Kew Observatory in Great Britain.  From those roots Rolex built a legacy of innovation.  The Oyster watch was the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch in 1926, followed by the first self-winding Perpetual rotor.  Building once again on innovation, the Datejust became the first self-winding wrist chronometer to include a date in a window on the dial.  Adventurous women and men who strive to make history have chosen Rolex for their expedition, which both perpetuates the brand’s claim to precision and dependability as well as attests to its veracity.  Hans Wilsdorf may have anticipated the acclaim Rolex would someday achieve, but even he might have been impressed with its success.