A fine, rare and attractive yellow gold automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date, black dial, bracelet, Garantie and box

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2003
    Reference No: 16618
    Case No: Y872051
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped "AD 93258" to the endlinks. Maximum length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex extendable deployant clasp stamped "AD7"
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex punched Garantie stamped by Stratford Upon Avon retailer George Pragnell and dated August 17, 2005, calendar card for the years 2004 and 2005, product literature, leather wallet. green fitted presentation box and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Submariner is among the most iconic - if not the most iconic - Rolex timepieces. This iteration of the model is distinguished by its gold case and bracelet, in perfect contrast with the pitch black dial, for an outstandingly powerful final aesthetic effect. Beyond its undeniable visual attractiveness, the watch is appearing for the first time on the public market and it is offered in absolutely new-old-stock condition: it was obviously never worn and still bears the unfaded green sticker to the back. Even the reference number printed on the sticker - notoriously easy to erase even by simple handling of the piece - is still partly present. A true gem for both the novice and the seasoned Rolex collectors.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 16618
A fine, rare and attractive yellow gold automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date, black dial, bracelet, Garantie and box

勞力士,「Submariner」型號16618,精細及罕有,18黃金自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配日期顯示,約2003年製。附錶盒和保證書

Circa 2003
40mm diameter
case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 120,000 
€8,800-13,200
$10,300-15,400

sold for HK$200,000

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