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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1991
    Reference No: 16618, case back stamped 16610
    Case No: X619’101
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 46B, max length 200 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40 mm diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement and bracelet stamped
    Accessories: With original Rolex Guarantee, product literature, hang tag and fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    Beyond doubt, the Submariner is one of Rolex’s most coveted models in the history of horology. The 18K yellow gold case further adds an aura of lavishness to the very durable tool watch. Not only is the stylish proportions retained, but it is now even more opulent in a yellow gold case which contrasts perfectly with the pitch black dial. Definitely aimed to be enjoyed by the most exclusive watch lovers, the yellow gold case and bracelet add an aura of sophistication to this timepiece.

    The present watch is, according to our research, fresh to the market. The watch is not only meticulously preserved in like new condition, but it is also complete with Rolex guarantee, hang tags and Rolex fitted presentation box. Crafted in 18K yellow gold, very few tool watches come close to the stature, eminence and timelessness of the Rolex reference 1661, it is easy to imagine a capable day skipper on the Mediterranean sporting a gold Submariner.

  • 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. 16618, case back stamped 16610
A fine and attractive yellow gold diver’s wristwatch with date, sweep center seconds, bracelet, guarantee, hang tag and box

Circa 1991
40 mm diameter
Dial, case, movement and bracelet stamped

HK$150,000 - 250,000 

Sold for HK$275,000

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Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019