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Rolex Rolex Submariner 16800 NWW 2122

Rolex Submariner 16800

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Rolex Submariner date, reference 16800. It has had a service at a cost of over £700 but not refurbished and left in original condition. This model dates to 1986. This shows some wear marks to the case and bracelet. These can all be polished out, but it is best left in the original condition. The hands and plots show some ageing as they are turning a creamy colour. There is some lume deterioration to the minute hand, this can be repaired, but again best left in original condition. The dial is also starting to fade slightly to a greyish colour not too visible in the photos. The bezel appers to be a service replacement. The crystal and cyclops are also replacements. It comes in a box but this is not the original box for the watch. The bracelet is also a later replacement Rolex bracelet for a later 16610 model as it is a reference LT93250 with solid end links. This model should have the hollow end link 93150. The solid end link is preferable to some collectors as they are more substantial bracelets and cost over £2000 to buy separately.

Case: Stainless steel
Movement: Rolex automatic
Bracelet: Oyster bracelet
Clasp: Divers extension, flatlock safety clasp
Crystal: Scratch resistant sapphire
Crown, Rolex signed screw down
Bezel: Aluminium bezel insert
Model Reference: 16900
Serial Prefix: 94 xxxxx
Dimensions: width is 39.5 mm excluding crown, 43.5 mm including crown and 47 mm lug to lug and thickness is 14 mm

Key Characteristics

Brand: Rolex
Band: Steel Bracelet
Case Material: Steel
Movement: Automatic
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Rolex SA was founded in 1905 by the German Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis. Contrary to popular belief, Hans Wilsdorf was neither Swiss, nor a watchmaker. Wilsdorf & Davis was the original name of what later became the Rolex Watch Company. They originally imported Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placed them in quality cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were then sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from the firm of Wilsdorf and Davis are usually marked "W&D" – inside the caseback only. Hans Wilsdorf registered the trademark name "Rolex" in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland during 1908. The word was made up, but its origin is obscure. One story, which was never confirmed by Wilsdorf, is that the word "Rolex" came from the French phrase horlogerie exquise, meaning exquisite watch industry. The Wilsdorf & Davis company moved out of Great Britain in 1912. Wilsdorf wanted his watches to be affordable, but taxes and export duties on the case metals (silver and gold) were driving costs up. From that time to the present, Rolex has been headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, though the company owns facilities in other cities (Bienne, etc) and continents (North America, Asia, Australia, etc). The company name Rolex was officially registered on 15 November 1915. It is thought this change was part of a drive to popularize wristwatches, which at the time were still considered a novelty largely for women (pocket watches were more common). Wilsdorf was said to desire his watch brand's name to be easily pronounceable in any language. The company name was officially changed to the Rolex Watch Company during 1919. It was later changed to Montres Rolex, SA and finally Rolex, SA. Rolex SA is a foundation initiated and originally funded by Hans Wilsdorf and the Aegler family. According to foundation documentation, the Rolex SA company can never be sold, nor traded on any stock market.