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Rolex An extraordinary and precious Rolex Submariner reference 16618 in yellow gold with gem-set hours markers, date and tropical dial

Estimation € 22000 – 45000

sold € 31,200

Model: Submariner
Material: yellow gold
Reference N°: 16618
Year: 1991
Case N°: X651769
Caliber: 3135
Movement N°: 6333398
Bracelet: yellow gold
Dimensions: 42 mm

The 1988 is the first year of production of the reference 16618, equipped with the caliber 3135 and the calendar with quick functions. The model was available with a variety of dial versions, where the current Sultan one represents a veritable collector’s gem in its category and is among the rarest due to its applied diamond and sapphire indexes. The dial that decorates this special Submariner is also called Serti, which derives from the French verb Sertir, whose meaning in the jewelry sector is “to set”, and indicates, precisely, special dials with embedded gems of various types such as rubies, sapphires, diamonds or emeralds equipped on various models such as Datejust or Day-Date but usually reserved for GMT Master II and, precisely, Submariner. The here offered 16618 has a yellow-gold bracelet with fliplock deployant in very good condition, and the case is perfectly preserved. Because of its conservation in a humid place, the once extremely bright quadrant turned towards a beautiful tropicalization able to accentuate the radial structure of the champagne dial. Another peculiarity is the beauty and the rarity of the sapphire and diamond indexes that complete the watch together with the classic Mercedes hands and the cyclope to enlarge the date at 3 o’clock. Certainly not the classic aesthetic of the Rolex Submariner, the Sultan dial offers something slightly different for those who appreciate their unique and luxurious style.