A fine and rare yellow gold and stainless steel automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date and Garantie. retailed by Tiffany & Co.

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1992
    Reference No: 16613, case back stamped "16610" to the inside
    Case No: N358192
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel and 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel and 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped "93153" and "401 B" to the endlinks, maximum length 205mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex extendable clasp stamped "R8" and "93153.18"
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Rolex Garantie stamped by Tiffany & Co., Rolex Hong Kong service invoice dated October 13, 2017, sale tags and warranty translation booklet

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1988 Submariner reference 16610 is launched, featuring the new calibre 3135. The present example is a rare Tiffany-signed specimen of the Rolesor (Steel and gold) version of that model: reference 16613.

    Is is important to notice how the savvy owner had the watch serviced in October 2017, but accurate analysis of the case shows no polishing at all. On the contrary, the very minor surface marks are exactly what one would expect from an unpolished 25 year old case, and not at all from a polished one. As the service invoice details, the case and bracelet were only cleaned, not polished, thus allowing us to behold a watch in both top mechanical shape, and in absolute honest and original condition as well.

  • 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. 16613, case back stamped "16610" to the inside
A fine and rare yellow gold and stainless steel automatic wristwatch with center seconds, date and Garantie. retailed by Tiffany & Co.

勞力士,「Submariner」型號16613,精細及罕有,精鋼和18K黃金自動上弦腕錶,配日期顯示,由蒂芙尼銷售,約1992年製。附保證書和配件

Circa 1992
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 240,000 
€13,200-26,400
$15,400-30,800

sold for HK$187,500

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