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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1997
    Reference No: 16610
    Movement No: 7’699’033
    Case No: U100’158, repeated on the inner caseback
    Model Name: Submariner, "COMEX"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 93150, endlinks stamped 501B, max length 190 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped 93150 and T2
    Dimensions: 40 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed
    Accessories: Accompanied with warranty punched with matching serial number, service guarantee dated April 3, 2018, Rolex green leather fitted presentation box, original Rolex hang tags, Rolex anchor accessory, product literature and outer packaging

  • Catalogue Essay

    Of all the Submariner editions, the COMEX models retain a superior place in the hearts of Rolex collectors. From around 1989 to 1997, approximately 250 examples of the 16610 model were supplied to COMEX (or Compagnie Maritime d'Expertisesa), a company specializing in engineering and deep diving operations, featuring the COMEX logo on the dial and engraved COMEX issue number to the back. These watches were usually issued to their specialist divers of the company.

    In 1997, the COMEX company was sold and the longstanding policy of using Rolex watches for their divers was discontinued. Bearing the U serial, the present watch is likely one of the last examples of the COMEX 16610 model. The back is engraved with the issue number, in this instance 6471, preserved in similarly excellent condition. The COMEX offered here is part of the family of some of the rarest Submariner editions. Fresh to the market according to our research, the present watch will be a great addition to any collection.

  • 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 highly attractive and rare stainless steel wristwatch with date, sweep center seconds, bracelet, warranty and box, made for COMEX

Circa 1997
40 mm diameter
Case, dial, bracelet and movement signed

HK$470,000 - 780,000 

Sold for HK$750,000

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018