Rolex Submariner

16808 "Nipple" Dial

CHF 36,722

+116,3%Here, you can find information about the watch's performance over the past 5 years. Please note that historical performance data does not guarantee future returns or losses.

Rolex submariner 16808

Rolex Submariner

16808 "Nipple" Dial

CHF 36,722

+116,3%Here, you can find information about the watch's performance over the past 5 years. Please note that historical performance data does not guarantee future returns or losses.

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PERFORMANCE SUMMARY

CHF 16,974

Initial price

CHF 36,722

Last price

+17,0%

P.a. return

+116,3%

Net return

TECHNICAL SHEET

Brand

Rolex

Model

Submariner

Dial material

Blue, applied luminescent nipple indexes

Bracelet material

18k yellow gold

Case material 

18k yellow gold

Ref

16808

Diameter

40 mm

Year of production

1988

Box

Original box

Papers

Original guarantee

Movement

Automatic

Scope of Delivery

Full set – Original papers, original box

About

The Rolex Submariner 16808, gold, is a legendary timepiece that represents the pinnacle of luxury and horological excellence. The Submariner collection, renowned for its robust design and diving capabilities, was first introduced in 1953, and the 16808 model continues this tradition with a touch of opulence.

Crafted from 18k yellow gold, the Submariner 16808 exudes a captivating aura of sophistication. The 40mm case size strikes a perfect balance between boldness and wearability, making it an ideal companion for both formal occasions and underwater adventures.

One of the distinguishing features of the Submariner 16808 is the iconic “Nipple” dial, named for its distinctive hour markers that resemble small protruding “nipples”. These unique markers, coupled with the gold hands, create a harmonious and luxurious visual presentation on the rich blue dial. Rolex has discontinued the production of watches with nipple-style dials, making them available only in a limited number of vintage models, either in full gold or in a combination of gold and steel.

Over the years, the dial of the Submariner 16808 develops a beautiful patina, a unique characteristic resulting from natural aging and oxidation of the materials. This patina adds depth and character to the timepiece, imparting a vintage charm that collectors often seek. Each patina pattern is unique, making every Submariner 16808 truly one-of-a-kind.

The iconic blue dial, adorned with luminous hour markers and hands, ensures optimal legibility even in the darkest depths. A date window at 3 o’clock adds practicality to the overall design without compromising the dial’s symmetry.

Beneath the surface lies the heart of the Submariner 16808 – the self-winding Rolex Caliber 3035. Renowned for its precision and reliability, this movement guarantees accurate timekeeping and a power reserve of approximately 48 hours.
The unidirectional rotating bezel, a distinctive feature of the Submariner, is fashioned from gold, adding a touch of elegance and functionality. Its serrated edge allows for easy grip and precise timing during dives.

Paired with a matching 18k yellow gold Oyster bracelet, the Submariner 16808 wraps around the wrist with undeniable comfort and style. The Oysterlock clasp ensures a secure fit, while the Glidelock system enables easy adjustments to accommodate diving suits.

The Submariner 16808’s rich history, luxurious aesthetics, and unique “Nipple” dial with a beautifully aged patina make it highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts alike. Its rarity and timeless appeal have elevated it to an iconic status among Rolex aficionados.

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History of the Rolex Submariner

ABOUT THIS MODEL

The Rolex Submariner made its inaugural splash in 1953 with the unveiling of the Submariner 6204. Responding to the increasing interest in underwater exploration, Rolex crafted a timepiece that not only met the demands of divers but set a new standard for durability and precision. The 6204 featured a 38mm stainless steel case, luminescent hour markers, and a rotating bezel—an ensemble that laid the foundation for a timekeeping legacy synonymous with the spirit of adventure. Read more on our blog.

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