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Rolex - 16800 - Submariner - Mens

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Rolex - 16800 - Submariner - Mens
Name 16800
Family Submariner
Gender Mens
Movement Rolex 3035 (Details)
Years in Production 1984 - 1985
Case Diameter (mm) 40
Mechanism Automatic
Chronometer Yes
Hacking Yes
Date Function Yes
Quickset Yes
Power Reserve (Hours) 42
Frequency (bph) 28,800
Jewel Count 27
Water Resistance (m) 300
Shape Round
Band Replaceable No



Notes: A few years after the Submariner was introduced in 1956, the reference 16800 made its debut and brought with it the addition of a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and an increased depth resistance of up to 1,000 feet. Both incredibly important additions to the Submariner family. Designed as a tool for professional divers, the Submariner reference 16800 also comes equipped with a 60-minute bezel with a unidirectional design that allows the wearer to safely measure increments of time while in the water. The bezel won't accidentally bump backwards, providing a highly reliable reading. Its notched edges provide an easy grip, even while in the water, making it easy to adjust. This watch boasts a matte black dial with beautiful matching on the markers and matching hands.

Mechanism:
The Rolex caliber 3035 was introduced in 1977 as what many refer to as a high-beat caliber 1575. In 1977, the Cal. 3035 ended the 12-year run of the 1570, it became the first men’s high-beat caliber Rolex had ever made. By increasing the balance speed from 19,800bph to 28,800bph, the new movement was able to offer an even greater level of accuracy and robustness than the already formidable abilities of its predecessor. The 3035 has a hacking capability.

It was this new speed on the 3035, causing the seconds hand to ‘tick’ eight times per second, that introduced the smooth sweep that is so characteristic of Rolex watches. Along with upping the movement’s frequency, which has since been adopted by every subsequent model Rolex has produced, the Cal. 3035 also led the field in another aspect; it was the first automatic caliber to feature a quickset function.

Family Notes: The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is a line of sports watches designed for diving manufactured by Rolex, known for their resistance to water and corrosion. The first Submariner was introduced to the public in 1954 at the Basel Watch Fair. The Rolex Submariner is considered "a classic among wristwatches", manufactured by one of the most widely recognized luxury brands in the world, and due to its popularity has become the subject of massive counterfeiting. The Rolex Submariner is part of Rolex's Oyster Perpetual line. See a copy of the 1957 Submariner magazine advertisement.

The Submariner model went into production in 1953 and was showcased at the Basel Watch Fair in 1954. The assigned case reference number of this first Submariner was either 6204 or 6205. It is unclear which model came first; in any event, the two watches are nearly identical. Neither has the distinctive "cathedral" or "Mercedes" hands now so strongly associated with the Submariner line. Rather, both of these early submariners have straight "pencil" style hands. Few, if any, of the 6205 watches bear the name "Submariner" on the dial, a major distinction of modern Submariners. Some 6204 models have the Submariner logo printed below the center pinion, while others have the logo blacked out. It is believed that there were unexpected trademark issues connected with the name "Submariner" at the time the 6204 and 6205 were released, accounting for the inconsistent use of the Submariner mark on these early Submariners. Trademark irregularities notwithstanding, both the 6204 and 6205 are designated Submariner models in Rolex product literature.

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Item created by: gdm on 2018-10-01 09:21:26

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