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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2005
    Reference No: 16600
    Case No: D580’480
    Model Name: Sea-Dweller
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated 6th February 2006 stamped Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Co., Ltd., Hong Kong, instruction manual, product literature, plastic bezel protector, hang tags, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Initially introduced in 1967, the Rolex Sea-Dweller was a result of a collaborative effort between Rolex and COMEX to develop a professional diver’s wristwatch with a newly patented helium gas escape valve, allowing gas to escape in one outward direction allowing a deeper depth rating than the Submariner at the time ref. 5513.

    The ref. 16600 was launched in 1989 replacing the former ref. 16660. Although it bears the same depth rating as its predecessor at 4,000ft, the new reference featured an upgraded caliber 3135. After a successful and a production run of 19 years, the reference was officially discontinued in 2008 and made way for the new ref. 116600.

    The present example Rolex Submariner ref. 16600 from circa 2005 with a “D” serial is offered in “New Old Stock” condition with all its factory protective stickers intact with no signs of use and wear. It is furthermore accompanied by the full set of accessories with a guarantee stamped by local Hong Kong retailer Chow Tai Fook.

  • 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. 16600
A fine and very well-preserved stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, gas escape valve, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

勞力士,「Sea-Dweller」型號16600,精細,精鋼自動鏈帶腕錶,備中心秒針、日期顯示、排氦裝置,約2005年製。附原裝證書、錶盒、配件

Circa 2005
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$30,000 - 50,000 
€3,200-5,400
$3,800-6,400

Sold for HK$107,100

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XI

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2020