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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1992
    Reference No: 16610
    Movement No: 6’185’209
    Case No: N455’773
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “93150”, endlink stamped “501B”, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “R9”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Rolex guarantee stamped Tiffany & Co., instruction manual, product literature, service invoice, hang tags, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Debuted in 1987, the Rolex Submariner ref. 16610 was the mark of the modern era for the Submariner family. Replacing its short-lived sibling ref. 16800 the model sporting a glossy black dial with white gold surround luminous indexes features a new calibre 3135 with superior stability and longer power reserve and a depth rating up to 1000ft. The reference enjoyed a long run of 23 years and was discontinued in 2010 making way for the updated ref. 116610.

    The present Rolex Submariner ref. 16610 from circa 1992 is an attractive example. Featuring a purplish brown faded bezel insert, which has aged over the decades to achieve such feat enhances the vintage appeal of the present timepiece. Furthermore, a keen eye may notice that it is not just a regular ref. 16610 but one that was retailed by Tiffany & Co. To add to its attraction it is complete with its original guarantee stamped by the corresponding retailer.

  • 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. 16610
A very fine, attractive and rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box, retailed by Tiffany & Co.

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

HK$120,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$630,000

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2031

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022