Rolex Submariner Serti Dial

Rolex Submariner Serti Dial

Why We Love It

Wearing a solid gold Rolex is a bold statement.

Often a sign of personal achievement, choosing a gold timepiece adorned with a coronet is a tough decision, as they can say a lot about the wearer - and sometimes that messaging doesn't come across as intended...

Therefore, choosing the right gold Rolex timepiece can be a tough choice; do you go with an understated monotone Day-Date for the touch of sophistication without shouting? Do you select a louder statement piece, perhaps one with a textured case finish? Do you opt for a larger sports model with all the trimmings of "Don't give a damn!".

For those of you in the latter camp, we are pleased to offer this 16808 Submariner, fitted with a factory 'Serti' dial, replete with diamond & sapphire indices perfect for your hidden tyrant/dictator/mogul personality.

Dating from 1980, this beautiful solid 18k yellow gold Sub is a transitional model of sorts; housing a hi-beat movement with quickset date function and sapphire crystal, alongside traditional tritium luminous hands. Many consider this generation to be the ultimate blend of vintage looks and modern wearability. Paired with a blue bezel insert and a solid 18k Oyster bracelet, this is a take no-prisoners timepiece.

Maybe you think its gaudy, gauche, or a slap in the face of sporting tradition. Perhaps you think they it is just too much or too showy. And that would be entirely understandable...

...On the other hand Damn the torpedoes! THIS THING IS BALLER!

The Story

Few watches make a statement like a solid gold sports Rolex.

This contradictory blend of technical design and functionality with a precious metal casing material is a polarizing one, and depending on how its worn (and indeed, by whom), can send very different signals - and we'll just leave it at that. Of course, if you want to avoid any possible negative stereotyping, going with a vintage model will certainly alleviate the concern!

The Rolex Submariner is without question the brand's most iconic model, and is a perennial favorite among collectors, enthusiasts, fashionistas, and yes - actual divers. And while you aren't likely to see a Submariner clad in a yellow gold case gracing the outside of a dry suit, it's hard to argue that models such as this 16808 aren't every bit as awesome as their steel siblings - or perhaps even more so.

Casing a Submariner in 18K gold is almost a tacit acknowledgement that very few of Rolexes sporting models ever get used as originally intended - and that in its own right is a pleasing sentiment. It says that Rolex knows who they are, who their customers are, know they are above any possible reproach - and damn the torpedoes, we're making this beastie in solid gold!



SKU: AS03058

18k Yellow Gold Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Rolex Reference 16808. Rolex Automatic Winding Movement. Circa 1980.

Overall Condition: The case is in good condition overall, showing light wear and prior polishing consistent with age and use. Factory gold tone dial with diamond and sapphire indices is in excellent condition throughout. Tritium luminous handset shows rich creamy patination. Rolex signed crown.

Includes one 20mm 18k yellow gold Oyster bracelet (92908/46)with signed flip-lock clasp.

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