Collectible Submariner with gorgeous, original dial! Stainless steel Rolex Submariner Date 16800, the “transitional” model with synthetic sapphire glass, matt black dial and quick-set 3035 calibre movement on Oyster Fliplock 93150 bracelet. This is a desirable model, especially when fitted with the early dial that does not have white metal surrounds to the hour indices. With a 7.1m case number this one dates from around 1982, a year or two into the model’s short production run. A very nice example of an interesting version (about whose future value many will speculate), it comes with old-style boxes, our own warranty card and a certificate from the ALR Watch Register confirming that we checked it with them. We have lightly brushed the bracelet (which appears to be original to the watch, having date code G in the clasp and 593 end-links), but left the exterior of the main case and the glass showing light signs of wear as when the watch came to us. The bezel insert also shows moderate wear but appears to be original, the “pearl” dot having discoloured as expected. The new equivalent is now £6,550 but a watch like this increasingly has a market of its own.