Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2021
    Reference No: 126660
    Model Name: Sea-Dweller Deepsea "James Cameron"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3235, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 44mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Rolex guarantee, instruction manual, hang tags, bezel protector, green leather holder, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 2008, Rolex launched the reference 116660 Sea-Dweller Deep Sea with a black dial with a newly introduced Ringlock system and featured a thicker case than its regular counterpart. In 2014, Rolex introduced the Deepsea once again and this time with a degraded blue dial beautifully mimicking the hue of the sea. Nicknamed “James Cameron”, it was a tribute to his expedition to explore and document the deepest part of the ocean where no human has ever conquered in 2012. Recently announced the discontinuation of the present model by Rolex during Watches & Wonders 2022 to welcome the new reference 136660, the "James Cameron" features a striking D-blue dial and large luminescent hour markers with incredible readability. Waterproof to a depth of 3,900 meters (12,800 ft) with a unidirectional 60-minute bezel, the Rolex Deepsea is amongst the ultra-resistant divers’ watches engineered by the brand. Offered without a reserve, the present Deep Sea is furthermore preserved in absolutely brand new condition with all its original stickers intact.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 126660
A large and “new-old-stock” stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, helium escape valve, ceramic bezel, titanium caseback, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2021
44mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$55,000 - 110,000 

Sold for HK$176,400

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022