The Submariner has been one of the most recognized and sought after Rolexes for decades, and this mint condition, 16618 is truly the best of the best. The 1661X Submariners are the last good looking reference, with the 6 digit references becoming bloated and boxy, and the all-gold 16618 is the king of them all.
This particular one is the ultimate submariner, not just because it is all gold, but because it maintains all of the vintage design elements, while incorporating all of the modern upgrades in movement, materials, and technology.
The 300 meter / 1000 foot depth rating is the same as current models, as is the venerable caliber 3135 movement powering it.
The Swiss-only dial had a very short production run, approximately one year, and was the first batch of dials using Superluminova luminous compound. These dials though still used the same hardware as design as the older tritium dials, the typeface / font, as well as the bezels for the indices, but filled them with a modern material that does not degrade, and maintains performance.
This watch also keeps the classic drilled lugs, but has a solid-end-link bracelet with 12 links that will stay secure and silent.
The watch has never been refinished, and looks to have been worn no more than a dozen times. It is a true time capsule, with significant oxidation on the 18 karat gold from sitting untouched for 20 years.
Comes complete with all boxes and papers, and correct books in Portuguese matching the Brazilian Rolex dealer signed certificate.
Rolex 16618 Submariner Date Gold with Blue Dial
Reference number 16618 Brand Rolex Model Submariner Date Movement Automatic Case material Yellow gold Bracelet material Yellow gold Year 1999 Condition Unworn (Mint condition, without signs of wear) Scope of delivery Original box, original papers Gender Men's watch