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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1991
    Reference No: 16610
    Movement No: 6’042’030
    Case No: N225’201
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “93150”, endlinks stamped “501,B”, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “R2”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Roy Eastern Singapore dated 15th June 1992, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in 1989, the Rolex Submariner ref. 16610 marked a new milestone for the firm as it was considered by collectors as the first “modern” Submariner model featuring the new cal. 3135. One of the firm’s longest serving movements due to its robustness and COSC certified standards, the caliber has since been featured in many other models. Over its course of production from 1989 to 2010, the reference was produced in a total of three generations of dials with early examples filled with Tritium, then Luminova and later examples with Super-Luminova.

    The present example Rolex Submariner ref. 16610 with an N serial from circa 1991 belongs to the early generation of the reference featuring a “SWISS-T<25” dial filled with tritium. The present lot is offered in excellent overall condition and complete with its original guarantee and presentation box.

  • 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. 16610
A fine and attractive stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1991
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$50,000 - 80,000 
€5,500-8,900
$6,400-10,300

Sold for HK$113,400

Contact Specialist

Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIII

Hong Kong Auctions 25-26 November 2021