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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2009
    Reference No: 116619LB
    Case No: V127’321
    Model Name: Submariner “Smurf”
    Material: 18K white gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K white gold Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 215mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K white gold Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Aurum Group dated 7th February 2009, instruction manual, product literature, hang tags, plastic bezel protector, green card holder, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 2008, the Rolex Submariner ref. 116619LB was the first serially produced Submariner model in 18K white gold. While the traditional Submariner encased in stainless steel from the era featured either a black dial with black bezel or green bezel with a green dial, the ref. 116619LB “Lunette Bleu” features a blue Cerachrom bezel with a blue dial earning its nickname from the community, “The Smurf”. While the Submariner has always been a fan favorite, due to its robustness and timeless appeal, the ref. 116619LB offers exactly that topped with a touch of luxury due to its desirable heft.

    Discontinued recently in 2020 making way for the new ref. 126619LB featuring a new caliber and a larger 41mm diameter case, the present Rolex Submariner ref. 116619LB is offered with its full set of accessories and is further well-preserved with its full factory protective stickers intact.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 116619LB
A fine, attractive and well-preserved white gold diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2009
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$120,000 - 200,000 
€12,900-21,500
$15,400-25,600

Sold for HK$352,800

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XII

Hong Kong Auctions 5-6 June 2021