Lot No. 400 (94th Auction)
Rolex "Oyster Perpetual Date Submariner 1000ft/300m Superlative Chronometer officially certified", Case No. 9189160, Ref. 168000, Cal. 3035, 40 mm, circa 1985

Automatic diver's wristwatch with date and centre seconds - with original box, Rolex Oyster and Rolex Submariner operating instruction
Case: steel, screw back ref. 16800, screwed "Triplock" winding crown, steel "Oyster" fliplock bracelet ref. 93150/593. Dial: black, tritium glossy dial, indexes mounted white gold. Movm.: rotorwind movement, Glucydur screw balance.

Reference 168000 was only in production for two years and at the time Rolex also modified the steel it used; this means that reference 168000 is hardly ever found on the market today.
The first Submariner model with date was reference 1680, launched in 1966; it quickly replaced the 5512 as the most popular model. The new version stood out in particular because of the Submariner logo, which was red in the early days.
The 1680 was replaced by reference 16800 with calibre 3035 in 1981; a new sapphire glass ensured that the 16800 / 168000 were now water resistant up to 300m. For safety reasons the bezel now rotated only in one direction. The new gilt dial was used for the 16800 / 168000 as well as for model 5513 from 1985 on and featured indexes set in white gold.
Reference 168000 was replaced in 1988 after only two years by reference 16610 with calibre 3135; this reference is still available today.
Estimate  6,500 - 7,500 €
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