Rolex Submariner Two-Tone

Rolex Submariner Two-Tone

Why We Love It

The Rolex 16613 has carved for itself a special place in the hearts of Rolex fans. Since being replaced by the 116613 — hallmarked by its larger case and crown guards, and uniform maxi dial and hands — the Reference 16613 has joined other more modern expressions, like the Ref. 16800, as a sleeper collectible.

Nicknamed the "Bluesy" by collectors and enthusiasts, this two-tone Submariner is one of only a few two-tone Subs produced by Rolex, and sports a eye-catching blue iridescent dial, another rare trait among offerings from the Crown.

This example is in excellent condition and comes complete with its original inner and outer boxes, hang tag, warranty paperwork, passport wallet and instruction booklets.

The Story

The Rolex 16613 was released in circa 1988, coming on the heels of the release of the Ref. 16803, Rolex's first-ever two-tone Submariner model.  Where the 16803 enjoyed a short production run, the 16613 was produced for decades, likely owing to the popularity of the vibrant blue dial — a rarity among Rolex Submariners, even today.  

The 16613 was replaced by the 116613 in the late aughts, a move which, for many, marked the end of the "Submariner" as we new it, due in no small part to the larger case with thicker lugs and crown guards.  

Submariners from the 1980s and 90s haven't risen to the levels that their predecessors have, but for many this is a good thing; these 39mm-cased Subs still carry the feel of the classic Submariner while offering great weekend wearability. 


SKU: AS02700

Stainless Steel Case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Rolex Calibre 3135 Automatic Movement. 1999.

Overall Condition: The watch is in near-mint condition over all, with very faint wear marks visible. Gloss blue dial is in excellent condition. Trip-loc crown; Rolex screw case back bears original case back sticker. Sapphire crystal.

Includes one 20mm two-tone Oyster 93153/401B bracelet.

Also includes inner and outer boxes, guarantee paperwork punched with serial, stamped Bucherer Lucerne Sept. 1999, instruction booklet, passport wallet, chronometer certification booklet and hangtag.

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