2002 Rolex Submariner Steel & Gold "Bluesey" 16613 on Bracelet
Ref: 16613

2002 Rolex Submariner Steel & Gold "Bluesey" 16613 on Bracelet
2002 Rolex Submariner Steel & Gold "Bluesey" 16613 on Bracelet
2002 Rolex Submariner Steel & Gold "Bluesey" 16613 on Bracelet
2002 Rolex Submariner Steel & Gold "Bluesey" 16613 on Bracelet
2002 Rolex Submariner Steel & Gold "Bluesey" 16613 on Bracelet
2002 Rolex Submariner Steel & Gold "Bluesey" 16613 on Bracelet
2002 Rolex Submariner Steel & Gold "Bluesey" 16613 on Bracelet
2002 Rolex Submariner Steel & Gold "Bluesey" 16613 on Bracelet
2002 Rolex Submariner Steel & Gold "Bluesey" 16613 on Bracelet
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Reference : 16613
Movement : Automatic Rolex Cal. 3135
Age : 2001/2010
Specific Age : Circa. 2002
Case Size : 40mm
Case Thickness : 12.5mm
Lug to Lug : 47mm
Lugs :
Condition :
Box & Papers :
Service Pouch & Service Papers
Case Material :
Stainless Steel & 18ct Gold
Warranty :
12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 7inch

Points of Mention

This watch is sold as “Watch Only” and, therefore, comes without its Rolex presentation box or Rolex paperwork but does come with its service paperwork and service pouch. It comes paired with its 20mm Rolex bracelet with 11 Links (1 link short of a full bracelet), 18ct Yellow Gold/stainless steel (Rolesor), solid end links with an earlier OysterLock safety clasp (Ref. 93153-18) and dive extension and will fit up to a 7.1-inch wrist. It is from Circa. 2002, and is in worn, well-used condition, as you can see, with minor hairline scratches to the crystal. It comes fresh from a full service; a new OEM bezel was fitted, the original bezel comes with the watch, and the case and bracelet were refurbed to the best possible standard. The watch comes with our 12-Months Non-Waterproof Warranty.

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The Watch

Here we have a 2002 Rolex Submariner Steel & Gold "Bluesey" 16613 on a Bracelet with a 40mm stainless steel Oyster case that curves over your wrist with drilled tapered lugs, polished and brushed surfaces transition with crisp edges, and a lug-to-lug length of 47mm and a case thickness of 12.5mm give the watch an impressive wrist presence; on the right side is a signed 18ct Yellow Gold Rolex Triplock screwed-down crown protected by crown guards that are part of the case, which gives it strength. The unidirectional 18ct Yellow Gold bezel is a Service-replaced OEM bezel; the original comes with the watch and has deep knurling with a blue anodised aluminium divers bezel insert with yellow gold numerals and markings. A flat sapphire crystal sits above a stunning sunburst blue dial. Applied 18ct Yellow Gold surround disc and baton indexes are filled with Super-LumiNova lume marking the hours, 18ct Yellow Gold Mercedes's hands are filled with Super-LumiNova lume complemented by a sweeping lollipop counterweighted second-hand. At 3 o’clock, we have the crystal's date window with Cyclops magnification. At 12 o’clock, we have the Rolex crown with the text “Oyster Perpetual Date” 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 Made’. 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.

Personal Note

This might not be the sharpest 16613 "Bluesey" but I suspect it is one of the most affordable in the UK right now. A wonderfully honest and worn example, fresh from a full service, new OEM bezel and more, coming to over £1,100 in cost. If you are in the market for a nice "Bluesey" you can buy, throw on your wrist and enjoy, this is the one for you, saving you a chunk compared to most examples out there, snap it up today!

The Brand

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.