Rolex 168000 Submariner – 1987 – £7,550

Rolex 168000 Submariner

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Brand: Rolex
Model: Submariner Date
Reference: 168000
Year: 1987
Movement Type: Automatic
Movement: 3035
Case material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet/Strap: Stainless Steel
Dial Colour: Black
Diameter: 40 mm
Papers: No
Box: Yes
Accessories: Yes
Condition: Very Good

Price: £7,750

Rolex 168000 Submariner

The Rolex 168000 Submariner Date model is a surprisingly rare watch.

Back in 1987, Rolex had prepared to finish the run of the 16800 Submariner Date with its 3035 movement and case made from 316L Stainless Steel.  The intended replacement was the 16610 with a case made from the superior 904L Stainless Steel and the upgraded 3135 movement but when the last of the old steel 16800 cases had been used, the 3135 movement was not ready, leaving Rolex in a bit of a quandry.

Their short term solution was the 168000 Submariner Date, using the new 904L cases destined for the 16610 with the old dial and 3035 movement from the 16800.  The quick fix was needed for such a short time that Rolex didn’t bother printing papers for the 168000 (They all say “16800”) and they didn’t re-tool to engrave the model number on the cases either – these are engraved between the six o’clock lugs “16800” but with an extra “0” added to the end in a slightly different font.  The 168000 was also never featured in any Rolex promotional material.

If you like your late vintage Submariners with a date and want something interesting and collectible then this is for you – 100% original including the dial, hands, bezel insert and bracelet, this is a genuine piece in great condition.  The case is fat and sharp and the dial and hands are excellent – there is some reassuring patina to the dial that you can just see in the photos.

The original papers have gone astray (hence the price) but the watch comes with the correct box and correctly dated booklets as well as the wallet and tags.

Serviced by a Rolex authorised watchmaker in October 2018 and unworn since, the watch is running smooth and strong and won’t need any attention for years.

Supplied with a 12 month warranty.

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