Exclusive Timepieces 17 October 2021 | Monaco

Auction Details

It is with great pleasure that we present you our new catalogue of fall 2021. A wonderful journey through the world of watch collecting.

Morning Session:
10:30 AM CEST – lots 100 to 169
Afternoon Session:
2:30 PM CEST – lots 170 to 288

135 Rolex Rare and Precious Submariner Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 16 808, With Black Nipple Dial, Box, Booklets and Additional bezel

Estimate: € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Sold € 31,200

Model: Submariner
Reference: 16808
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1981
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3035
Case N°: 7066843
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Box, Booklets and Additional bezel

During the years many references have been realized, starting from the 6204 in 1953, passing through the 6538 Big crown or Coroncione, the 5513 and the 1680, the first model with date indication. Firstly, produced in stainless steel only, with the changes of tastes were also offered models entirely made with other materials, such as yellow gold, going to subvert the starting idea of ​​a predominantly resistant watch, made of steel, with another one of elegance and versatility thanks to the use of gold. In 1979 a further change of pace, with the introduction of a new reference which added the novelty of the sapphire crystal instead of the classic plexiglass one. Was so born the 16 800 in stainless steel and the 16 808 in full 18k yellow gold, like the present lot. This reference (such as the 16 800) have the quick date change and remained in production untill the 1987 and examples in nice conditions with full set such as the present one are very difficult to find. The case with crown guards to the Triplock winding crown and screw back is very nice and crisp and so is the Oyster yellow gold bracelet with original Rolex clasp. The unidirectional black bezel for checking decompression time spans still maintains the original color with no evident signs. The black glossy dial has the esteemed nipple configuration with applied dot indexes for hours/minutes and Mercedes hands. The caliber is the automatic 3035. Sold with original box, booklet and additional bezel.