Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2009
    Reference No: 16610
    Case No: V720’637
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “LT9” and “93250”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by undated Rolex international guarantee stamped Michaud SA Switzerland, instruction manual, hang tag, product literature, green card holder, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in 1989, the Rolex Submariner ref. 16610 succeeded the short-lived ref. 16800 and was dubbed by collectors as the first “modern” Submariner featuring the new cal. 3135. Compared to the latest Submariner ref. 126610, launched in 2020, the ref. 16610 is slightly smaller and measures 40mm in diameter rather than the most updated 41mm. The present reference is a fantastic model for keen collectors seeking for their first timepieces to add to their collection.

    Offered in “new-old-stock" condition, this is a desirable specimen retaining all its factory stickers and is accompanied by its full set of accessories. The present Rolex Submariner ref. 16610 is a spectacular opportunity to acquire a pristine example of the much-coveted reference marked with a “V” serial from circa 2009.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 16610
A fine and “new-old-stock” stainless steel diver's wristwatch with center seconds, date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 2009
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$40,000 - 70,000 
€5,200-9,100
$5,100-9,000

Sold for HK$88,200

Contact Specialist

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XV

28 - 29 November 2022 (Online Registration ends 27 Nov, 2pm HKT)