Rolex Submariner 16800 Spider Dial Box & Papers (1987)
The mid to late ‘80s saw an interesting transitional period for Rolex dials, switching from matte to gloss across all the brand’s sports models. This newly patented lacquer finish, however, had still yet to be perfected as upon application to the dial, many examples began show cracking; an imperfection closely resembling a spider’s web.
When customers reported this issue, Rolex began to recall many Submariner models experiencing this issue to replace them with a uniform finish free of charge. As a consequence, the spider dial Rolex Submariner has become somewhat of a treasure to Rolex collectors. Due to their rarity and unique nature, these imperfect pieces are now considerably more valuable than their standard, or ‘intended’, form.
This stunning example boasts a complete full set with hang tags, booklets, inner and outer packaging and guarantee dated to 1987. An unmistakably iconic timepiece, this watch offers both subtle imperfections and an intriguing history. Certainly an eyebrow raiser, this watch is a wise investment.
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