A fine and attractive stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with date, gas escape valve, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1992
    Reference No: 16600
    Movement No: 6’105’315
    Case No: N284’094
    Model Name: Sea-Dweller
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels, stamped with the Geneva Seal
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 93160, max length 190mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped "P10"
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex Guarantee stamped K.K. Suibosha, Sapporo dated 19th October 1992, green wallet, Buehlmann Table card, tool, instruction manual, product literature, hang tags, anchor, outer packaging and fitted presentation box

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Sea-Dweller was first introduced in 1967 and was developed and commissioned to COMEX. It was the first wristwatch in the world to feature a helium gas escape valve located on the case band on the opposite side of the crown. The valve technology played a major and significant role in Rolex dive watches as it solved a major problem and enhanced the waterproof capabilities of the Submariner.

    The ref. 16600 is further enhanced from its former model by a new and upgraded cal. 3135 as well as the increase in depth ratio to 4000ft. Featuring a glossy black dial, the 16600 is a transitional piece. The production of the reference seized in 2008.

  • Maker Bio

    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 attractive stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with date, gas escape valve, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box

勞力士,「Sea-Dweller」型號16600,精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,備中心秒針、排氦裝置、日期顯示,約1992年製。附保證書、錶盒、配件

Circa 1992
40mm Diameter
Dial, case, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$50,000 - 80,000 
€5,800-9,300
$6,400-10,300

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Thomas Perazzi
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019