1998 Rolex Submariner Date 16610 w/ Box and Papers - U Series Tritium Dial - SOLD
Rolex's Submariner is synonymous with the concept of a tool watch, and at the same time a classic design icon and one of the most important watches ever made. The watch offered here is the reference 16610 which uses Rolex's unique 904L stainless steel case and is powered by the 3135 caliber COSC certified movement.
The watch offered here is in outstanding condition for its age and looks like it has been seldom worn throughout its life, with a very thick case with crisp brushing and bright polished surfaces, a thick coronet on the bracelet clasp, and an excellent condition bezel insert.
This is an excellent condition example of the legendary Submariner, and being a mid U-series serial, is one of the final watches with a tritium dial before the switch to luminova in the later U series. The original warranty papers and box round out a great collector's set.
Take a look at the photos and our condition description below:
Case: 40mm stainless steel case with a U serial number indicating 1998 production, with papers dated March 1998. The case is in excellent condition with thick lugs and only very minor surface wear as pictured. Crown screws down very securely.
Bezel: 120 click unidirectional bezel in excellent condition as pictured. The original bezel insert retains the original tritium pearl and is free from any major wear.
Dial/Hands: Original tritium dial and hand set in mint condition free from any damage or defects. The dial and hands do still offer a temporary dull green glow when exposed to UV light.
Crystal: Original sapphire crystal in excellent condition as pictured, free from scratching or chips.
Caseback: Original caseback in excellent condition as shown.
Movement: Original Caliber 3135 movement in excellent condition that winds, runs, and sets time as it should. Timekeeping is excellent although service history is unknown.
Strap: Original 93150 bracelet with 501B end links with all 12 links (one is removed from the watch). Bracelet is in fantastic condition including a very strong coronet on the clasp and very little stretch.
Accessories: This watch comes with the original box (64.00.02 ref), serialized hang tag, red chronometer tag, extra link, and original warranty papers as pictured.