Submariner, Ref. 16618T "M-serial Rehaut" Yellow gold wristwatch with date and bracelet Circa 2008
Submariner, Ref. 16618 T
Yellow gold wristwatch with date and bracelet
Calibre: cal. 3135 autiomatic, 31 jewels
Movement number: 32’170’691
Case: 18k yellow gold, screw-down back
Case number: M’178’537
Closure: 18k yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 40 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 175 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex warranty card, instruction manual, two additional links, numbered hang tag, COSC hang tag and presentation case and outer packaging
MVT: is running at the time of cataloging. The date is advancing.
CASE: is in good condition. It presents some fine scratches. The bracelet is in good condition. It presents some scratches.
DIAL: is in very good condition.
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The Rolex Submariner 16618 was manufactured between 1988 and 2008 as an opulent variant of the World’s most popular divers’ watch. Despite its full yellow gold configuration, the model was tightly based on its stainless-steel counterpart, the reference 16610, using the same newly introduced calibre 3135 featuring a convenient hacking seconds function and quick date setting.
The present example features the unique serial engraved on the rehaut on the as opposed to between the lugs, it also features a "closed case" with solid endlinks. These are features found only on a few pieces close to the end of the production of the 5 digit Submariner line. 16618 M-serials are scarce, with only a handful in the M serial range and all 16618 were Z serial onwards, this provides an fantastic opportunity for transitional Rolex collectors to acquire a truly exceptional example.