A fine and attractive stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, gas escape valve, ring lock system, bracelet, guarantee and box

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2017
    Reference No: 116660
    Case No: 01S5H767
    Model Name: Sea-Dweller, Deepsea “James Cameron”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 215mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “6SV”
    Dimensions: 44mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated 12th April 2017 stamped Gassan, Netherlands, instruction manual, product literature, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Sea-Dweller was initially introduced in 1967 in collaboration with COMEX to develop a diver’s wristwatch able to endure the high pressures of the deep sea. To achieve such feat, COMEX introduced the helium gas escape valve that enabled gas to be released from the case in a single direction while retaining full waterproof capabilities.

    In 2008, Rolex launched the reference 116660 Sea-Dweller Deep Sea with a black dial with a newly introduced Ringlock system and featured a thicker case than its regular counterpart. In 2014, Rolex introduced the Deepsea once again and this time with a degraded blue dial beautifully mimicking the hue of the sea. Nicknamed “James Cameron”, it was a tribute to his expedition to explore and document the deepest part of the ocean where no human has ever conquered in 2012.

    The present example is accompanied by the original guarantee and fitted presentation box.

  • Artist 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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Rolex

Ref. 116660
A fine and attractive stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, gas escape valve, ring lock system, bracelet, guarantee and box

Circa 2017
44mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$60,000 - 100,000 
€7,200-11,900
$7,700-12,800

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