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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1981
    Reference No: 16660
    Movement No: 0’313’092
    Case No: 6’653’011
    Model Name: Sea-Dweller “Pallettoni”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3035, 27 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 93160, endlinks stamped 592, max length 195mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped "VE"
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex Guarantee stamped Ferdinando Veronesi & Figli srl dated 15th November 1981, product literature, hang tag, green wallet, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present example Rolex Sea-Dweller reference 16660 was launched in 1978 and is considered a transitional model, the earliest variant of the 16660 were fitted with matte dials with luminous markers directly applied to the dial, whereas later versions were fitted with glossy dials with luminous, white gold markers. The present example, perfect for any discerning collector, comes complete with its original boxes, papers, and accessories. It especially stands out thanks to its immaculate overall condition and a nicely aged beautiful patina developed on the dial and hands.

  • 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. 16660
A fine and attractive stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with sweep center seconds, date, gas escape valve, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1981
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$130,000 - 200,000 
€14,800-22,800
$16,700-25,600

Sold for HK$137,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
[email protected]
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019