Pre-owned Rolex Submariner Date Ref. 16613, with 40mm Oystersteel and 18ct yellow gold ("Yellow Rolesor") case, unidirectional rotatable blue aluminum bezel with golden markers, blue dial with indices and date indicator at 3 o'clock. Sapphire crystal, automatic calibre 3135. Oystersteel and 18ct yellow gold bracelet with Oysterlock safety clasp.
The Ref. 16613 arrived in 1988 and was in production until 2009.
The dial on the Ref. 16613 is simething a bit more special than just a standard blue dial. The sunburst effect here gives the blue a shimmering iridescence and an ever-changing tone - in some lights appearing almost black, in others nearly purple. The "Bluesy" (as it came to be known by collectors) was so well regarded that when its replacement, the Ref. 116613LB arrived in 2009 with a regular solid dial, Rolex fans were so upset that the brand quickly restored the previous sunburst style.
The Ref. 16613 marks one of the last to feature a more classic case style before Rolex introduced the "Super" case design with thicker lugs and crown guards. It was also the last generation to retain standard hour markers - those that came later were fitted with the so-called "Maxi dial", with significantly larger indexes. The Ref. 1661x was the last series of the Submariner to use aluminium for the inserts of the bezels.
First built in 1988, the cal. 3135 would go on to become Rolex's most successful and widely used movement ever.
In a very good condition. Complete with original box and papers.
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One of Rolex iconic models and nowadays a most wanted timepiece for this brand's enthusiasts and professional divers. The Submariner is, hands down, the watch that was a milestone in the history of Rolex when in 1953 launched their first watch exclusively designed for submarine exploration and diving. Ever since, the tough tests it has successfully overcome reaffirms that perfection, accuracy and elegance go hand-in-hand. Throughout the years, this Swiss watchmaker has provided this watch with all the experience, high-end technology fully developed by the house and the most innovative materials, making of it an icon for fine and professional watchmaking. With its sporty design, the perfect harmony between the Oystersteel and yellow gold case and bracelet and the high contrast of its blue bezel and dial, this robust yet comfortable watch, is the essential complement for any sporting occasion or elegant event (we love it on every occasion!). Having the ability of catching the most refined eyes, this Rolex Submariner Date 16613 will be the main protagonist on your next event.