A fine stainless steel automatic diver's wristwatch with center seconds, date, gas escape valve, bracelet, Guarantee and box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2017
    Reference No: 116600
    Case No: 083F7331
    Model Name: Sea-Dweller 4000
    Material: stainless steel
    Calibre: automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with extendable link stamped "9AQ 97400" to the endlinks, maximum length 220mm
    Clasp/Buckle: stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped " "5DJ"
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: case, dial, movement, clasp and bracelet extendable link signed
    Accessories: accompanied by Rolex International Guarantee card stamped by Bahrain retailer The Modern Art Studio and dated March 29, 2017, green wallet, product literature, sale tags, fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Reference 116600 maintains perfectly intact the spirit of the original model, most notably the graphics, the gas escape valve, and the absence of the cyclop lens. At the same time, it introduces some subtle upgrades, such as the cerachrom bezel featuring minute divisions all around instead of just for the first 15 minutes, and the new glidelock bracelet. The model remained in production for a very short time - 3 years only - and was replaced by the current ref. 126600 in 2017. Thanks its short production span, the fact that it can be considered the link between the past and the future of the Sea-Dweller line and its absolute wearability, this model is already considered highly collectible by Rolex enthusiasts. The present piece is one of the last to be manufactured and it is offered in absolutely mint condition and complete of its original Guarantee, box, and even the numbered sale tag. An unmissable opportunity for the avid Rolex connoisseur.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 116600
A fine stainless steel automatic diver's wristwatch with center seconds, date, gas escape valve, bracelet, Guarantee and box

勞力士,「Sea-Dweller 4000」型號116600 ,精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配入日期顯示和排氣閥裝置,約2017年製。附錶盒和國際保證卡

Circa 2017
40mm diameter
case, dial, movement, clasp and bracelet extendable link signed

Estimate
HK$32,000 - 48,000 
€3,500-5,300
$4,100-6,200

sold for HK$93,750

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018