Title
Submariner (Lapis Lazuli dial)
Reference Number
16618
Variations
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A legendary watch by all accounts, the Rolex Submariner ref. 16618 is a sought-after piece of neo-vintage horological design. While not a hard watch to find in and of itself, the example we have here is a different story as it packs a subtle yet surprising flavour of exclusivity, rarity and sheer unadulterated beauty - a Lapis Lazuli dial. A semi-precious stone famed for its deep and rich blue tones with specks of gold-tone pyrite found throughout, Rolex produced very few Lapis Lazuli dial ref. 16618's during a short timeframe in the early 1990s. Difficult to find and even more difficult to mine due to the explosives needed to extract it, Lapis Lazuli is often cracked or damaged so that it is unsuitable for watch dials, thus rendering an example like the one we have here exceptionally rare. Presented with an 18kt yellow gold construction and a blue anodised aluminium bezel, this ref. 16618 is unlike any that you have probably seen before.

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Bracelet/Strap

Bracelet Colour

Yellow Gold

Bracelet Material

Yellow Gold

Clasp

Deployant Clasp

Clasp Material

Yellow Gold

Caliber

Base Caliber

Movement

Self-winding

Movement/Caliber

3135

Number of Jewels

31.00

Power Reserve

Case

Bezel Material

Aluminum

Case Diameter

40

Case Material

Yellow Gold

Crystal

Sapphire

Dial Colour

Blue

Dial Detail

Dial Numbers

Water Resistance (Meters)

Misc

Functions

Limited Edition

No

Year Launched

Year Purchased

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