Just in time for the holidays, another icon of vintage timekeeping popped up on our radar from our friends over at analog/shift – this stunning Rolex Submariner 16800.

Arguably the most important diver’s watch of the 20th Century, the Rolex Submariner has also become an icon of status and wealth – a side affect that actually turns some collectors off. A great way to appreciate this legendary model without being “just another guy” with a new Submariner is to opt for a vintage piece over a new one. The collector marketplace is flush with great examples from the 1950s to 1980s- but not all vintage Submariners are ideal for daily usage, so be sure and choose carefully.

Fitted with a COSC Chronometer Certified movement and modern sapphire crystal with Cyclops date magnifier, the model 16800 Submariner combines the best features for every day wear-ability with excellent vintage features such as a matte dial and applied hour markers.

This particular Submariner has developed a great even patina to the hour markers and hands, and is available head-only for $5,500 with a pair of NATO straps.

Posted by:Jason Pitsch

Jason Pitsch is the Founder of Professional Watches. He appreciates good craftsmanship in everything from architecture to automobiles to cameras to clothing. Yet his focus for the past decade has remained consistent on covering just one type: watchmaking.