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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2020
    Reference No: 116610LN
    Case No: 69U934E9
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Rolex guarantee, hang tag, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in 2010, the Rolex Submariner ref. 116610 replaced the long-lived ref. 16610 featuring certain upgrades. While retaining similar aesthetics to its previous model, the most significant feature was the implementation of the Cerachrom bezel insert. Replacing the previous metallic insert, the Cerachrom insert is scratch resistant and highly robust. Furthermore, a new bracelet is presented with a highly practical Glidelock clasp extension allowing the wearer to adjust the length of the bracelet with ease of up to 20mm. Recently discontinued in 2020, Rolex introduced the new ref. 126610 with a larger 41mm diameter case and a new caliber 3235.

    The present Rolex Submariner ref. 116610LN is one of the last examples sold before it was discontinued. Along with the introduction of the 2020 novelties of the firm, a new guarantee card was also introduced. Offered in “New Old Stock” condition and accompanied by a new blank Rolex guarantee, the present example will surely delight collectors who have missed out on the reference before it was discontinued.

  • Artist Biography


    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. 116610LN
A fine, attractive and "New Old Stock" stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2020
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$50,000 - 80,000 

Sold for HK$126,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021