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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2008
    Reference No: 16600
    Case No: M184’399
    Model Name: Sea-dweller
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee stamped Eldorado Watch Co., Ltd. dated 3rd May 2008, instruction manual, product literature, Buehlmann table, additional diver’s extension link, bracelet tool, hang tags, two green passport holder, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Released in 1989, Rolex introduced the Sea-Dweller ref. 16600 replacing its short-lived model ref. 16660. Retaining much of a similar aesthetic to its previous model, the new reference featured an upgraded cal. 3135. In production for 19 years, the reference was discontinued in 2008 making way for the new ref. 116600.

    The present example Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 16600 with an "M" serial from circa 2008 is possibly one of the last examples to leave the manufacture before it was discontinued. Offered with its full set of accessories and presented in new-old-stock condition, this present example is surely a keeper.

  • 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 well-preserved "new-old-stock" stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, gas escape valve, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2008
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$126,000

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