The Submariner is a watch designed to withstand the roughest of conditions and this is also the reason to why Rolex didn't produce gold submariners until the late 1960's. The next precious metal update happened in 1983. Until now the gold and steel version had been available, but now, finally was The Full-Gold Submariner released.

Released in only a few, with some different special modifications, this Full-Gold Submariner is the rarest and most precious metal Submariners. It is the Full-Gold Submariner with a Lapis Lazuli dial. Rolex made just a few of this model and never used the rare material for any other dial on a Submariner.

However, Rolex used this material for their dials in other models like the Datejust, Day-Date and the Cellini, but never in a Submariner. This is the first and the last Lazuli dial Submariner ever to be made.

The bright blue dial is made out of lapis lazuli, a metamorphic rock with a deep blue color that in history has been prized for the intense color. Because of the difficult process of manufacturing a lapis dial due to the hard stones delicate nature it watches are very rare and hence extremely sought after among collectors.

This 18ct Full-Gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner ref.16618 with a lapis lazuli dial is up for sale at Fellows on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018. The condition of the watch is extraordinary and has an estimation of £30,000 - £50,000

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