Circa 1982 Onyx Dial Rolex Submariner Ref. 16618

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Model: ,

Year of issue: 1982

Reference number: 16618

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Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

Described by Josh Bonifas as "incredibly special" and offering the pinnacle of rarity and exclusivity, this watch is ideal for the sophisticated collector who can appreciate the subtleties that makes it so unique. Many enthusiasts are unaware that Rolex ever offered a gold Submariner with an onyx dial, mostly because there was resistance to the the price premium compared to the nearly imperceptible aesthetic difference and very few were sold. One must know what characteristics to look for in order to distinguish it from its more common counterparts: the unique font and gold box around the date aperture are the only hints. Making this piece even more compelling is the accompaniment of the original presentation box (marked "onyx") and original warranty. Indeed, this is the ultimate in modern collectable watches. 40mm. Stock 36529 P.S. Anyone lucky enough to already have the lapis dial version of this elusive model should consider this piece as the ideal counterpart in his collection.  


Joshua Bonifas

The Rolex Submariner

The Rolex Submariner is without a doubt one of the most successful Rolex models in history. Not only because it more than aptly served its purpose as diver’s watch, although I am pretty sure only a small number of Submariners has ever seen a spat of water. Its appearance in several James Bond movies certainly helped as well. If you omit functionality and marketing, the Submariner success is mainly due to its elegance as a timeless dress watch. It’s just one of those watches you keep looking at, regardless of wanting to know the time of day. The Submariner was launched in 1953 and officially presented at the Basel Fair in 1954. Check out my RPReport about the Rolex Submariner History by following this link...