Movement : Automatic Rolex Cal. 3135
Age : 1991/2000
Specific Age : December 1991
Case Size : 40mm
Case Thickness : 13mm
Lug to Lug : 47mm
Lugs : 20mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box & Papers
Case Material : Stainless Steel & 18ct Yellow Gold
Warranty : 12-Months Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 7inch
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Rolex presentation box, steel anchor, swing tag and a full set of paperwork including original invoice/receipts. The watch comes paired with its original Rolex 93153 11 Link 20mm stainless steel & 18ct Yellow Gold Rolex Oyster bracelet with OysterLock safety clasp and diver extension system which allows the watch to be worn over a divers suit and will fit up to a 7.4-inch wrist. The watch is from December 1991 and is in worn condition with signs of wear, with a faint hairline scratch on the crystal, a full case and bracelet refurb can be provided at an additional cost and a new crystal if requested. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
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Here we have a 1991 Rolex Submariner Steel & Gold Black Dial/Bezel 16613 with a 40mm stainless steel Oyster case that curves over your wrist with drilled tapered lugs, polished and brushed surfaces transition with crisp edges. A lug-to-lug length of 47mm and a case thickness of 13mm give the watch an impressive wrist presence, on the right side is a signed 18ct Yellow Gold Rolex Triplock screwed-down crown made up of four separate rubber gaskets, and the crown guards are part of the case which gives it strength. The unidirectional 18ct Yellow Gold bezel has deep knurling with a black anodised aluminium divers bezel insert that holds a sapphire crystal above a black dial. Applied 18ct Yellow Gold surround disc and baton indexes are filled with Tritium marking the hours, 18ct Yellow Gold Mercedes's hands are filled with Tritium complemented by a sweeping lollipop counterweighted second-hand. At 3 o’clock we have the date window with Cyclops magnification on the crystal. At 12 o’clock the Rolex crown with the text “Oyster Perpetual Date” is precisely applied, at 6 o’clock we have the additional fourth line “Submariner 1000ft/300m” “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified”, on the bottom edge, you can see "Swiss - T< 25" signifying that the watch is Swiss made and the emitting level of tritium. On the reverse, a coin-edged screw-down case back, inside an automatic Rolex Cal. 3135, 31 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour, it is fitted with a Parachrom hairspring, designed by Rolex; it offers greater resistance to shocks and to temperature variations, this movement was first introduced in 1988. The watch comes fitted on original Rolex 93153 - 11 Link 20mm stainless steel & 18ct Yellow Gold Rolex Oyster bracelet with OysterLock safety clasp and diver extension system which allows the watch to be worn over a divers suit and will fit up to a 7.4-inch wrist. This watch is sold with a Rolex presentation box, steel anchor, swing tag and a full set of paperwork including original invoice/receipts.
The reference 16613 is iconic among the Rolex Submariner, arguably the more popular model is the "Bluesey" but I have to say that I really do prefer how the black wears on my wrist, in some situations the blue paired with the steel & gold is incredibly loud and that is one of the perks of that model, but for me this more subdued black works beautifully! This example with its box and papers is ready to be worn and enjoyed, so snap it up whilst you can.
In 1905, German-born Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis set up a company in London that imported Swiss movements which were installed in British cases and sold to jewellers who put their names on the dials. Recognising the potential for their brand, Wilsdorf created the brand name Rolex in 1908. In 1910, a Rolex became the first wristwatch to carry the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, awarded by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne, Switzerland. Demand for Rolex watches rose swiftly, and British taxes on the Swiss movements Rolex used prompted Wilsdorf to move the business to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1919. With production costs lowered, Wilsdorf quickly set out to solve the age-old problem of moisture and dust entering a watch case and damaging the movement. The Rolex watchmakers came up with a fully sealed watch case, which Wilsdorf named the Oyster, and released to an appreciative audience in 1926. In 1931, Rolex introduced the first automatic winding wristwatch, giving it the legendary name Oyster Perpetual. In 1945, they released the Datejust. The Datejust was the first watch to have the date jump instantaneously at midnight. The 1950s saw a whole lot of releases such as the Air-King (1958), the Explorer (1953), the Submariner (1953), the GMT Master (1955), the Day-Date (1956), the electromagnetic field resistant Milgauss (1956), the Lady-Datejust (1957) and the first Deep Sea model (1960). Wilsdorf’s death in 1960, saw ownership of Rolex S.A. (a collection of sub-companies) passed to the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation which was founded by Wilsdorf in 1945, the mission of which is simply to sustain Rolex S.A. indefinitely.