Notes: The Rolex Submariner Date 16803 was launched around 1984, but was only produced until about 1988. This particular Rolex model is special because it is one of the transitional models that introduced the sapphire crystal to Rolex watches. The 16803 also serves as Rolex’s first two-tone Submariner model.
The Submariner Rolex 16803 offers a 40.5 mm by 13.3 mm stainless steel case with a contrasting 18k yellow gold bezel and screw down crown. The aesthetically pleasing two-toned look of the stainless steel and 18k yellow gold continues to the Rolex Fliplock bracelet. The watch’s dial is usually found in a striking black or blue with baton and dot markers as opposed to numerals. A square date window takes the place of the 3 o’clock marker, and is accentuated by a Cyclops lens on the watch’s newly introduced sapphire crystal.
Transitional watch models are often produced for only a short time. Because the Rolex Submariner 16803 was only produced for 4 or so years, it makes it a rare model. Rare models watches are likely to continue to go up in value, not only as a rare example of Rolex craftsmanship but also as a piece of Rolex history. It is safe to say that Rolex Submariner 16803s do not come on the market that often. When looking for the perfect Submariner timepiece to add to your watch collection, be sure to consider the rare and impressive Rolex Submariner Date 16803.
|Years in Production||R serial 1987-1988|
|Case Diameter (mm)||40.5|
|Power Reserve (Hours)||42|
|Water Resistance (m)||300|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Bezel Material||Gold 18K Yellow|
|Date Position||3 O'Clock|
|Crown Position||3 O'Clock|
|Band Material||Stainless/Gold Hybrid|