Stainless steel and yellow gold, pre-owned gentleman’s 1990 Rolex Submariner 16613 automatic chronometer, Champagne Serti dial (Rolex original) with diamond hourly dot markers and sapphire chevron markers, date aperture to three o’clock, yellow gold with blue insert rotating bezel, tonneau-shaped case fitted to a steel and yellow gold Oyster bracelet with Oyster clasp.
Case width 40mm (excluding crown)
Original Rolex Champagne Serti Dial
Magnifier over date display
Rolex Calibre 3135 Automatic Movement
Yellow Gold with Blue Insert Uni-directional Bezel
Stainless Steel Case
Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold Oyster Bracelet
Oyster Folding Clasp
Original inner and outer Rolex Box (Ref 68.00.55)
Submariner and Oyster Booklets
TWS 12 Month Warranty
Watch Register Certificate
This Submariner 16613 is in excellent condition and has passed our in-house due diligence and inspection criteria.
Although Rolex had been making waterproof watches since the 1930’s with the Oyster series it wasn’t until 1954 when their first professional diver’s watch, the Submariner, was launched.
Once again this was a watch made by Rolex that was designed to carry out a specific job in a specific environment but ultimately remaining fashionable to wear.
This was a watch that could be worn by divers to a depth of 100 metres thanks to the newly-designed screw-down crown known as the ‘Twinlock’. The Deep Sea Research Institute in Cannes carried out extensive tests on the watch and verified the claims made by Rolex. In fact, the watch performed way beyond its stated capabilities and very quickly won the admiration it deserved from the diving community. And, of course, Commander James Bond used to wear one.
The rotating bezel was also a revolutionary design feature at its launch and now a diver could easily keep a record of his diving time. Rolex had spent a lot of time liaising with professional divers in the development of the watch which paid dividends in the final design. The Submariner set the template for all other watchmakers and has defined the look of the modern diving watch ever since.
The original Submariner may never be improved upon but it is often complemented with an alternative presentation for varying tastes. Bi-metal finishes, solid gold and many variants of the Submariner have appeared over the decades, some of them even acquiring their own popular nicknames such as Kermit, Hulk, Smurf and Bart Simpson.
Given the provenance of the design and whichever version you choose, the Submariner can rightly be described as the ultimate 'luxury sports watch'.
1990 ROLEX Submariner 'Serti Dial' 16613
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