A fine and attractive, "New Old Stock" stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, gas escape valve, bracelet, guarantee and box

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2008
    Reference No: 16600
    Case No: M856'900
    Model Name: Sea-Dweller
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “PJ3”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed
    Accessories: Further accompanied by Rolex guarantee dated 31st July 2008 stamped by Japanese retailer, instruction manual, product literature, tool, Buehlmann table, extra diver’s extension link, hang tag, green passport holder, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Sea-Dweller initially debuted in 1967 as an effort from Rolex and COMEX to develop the ultimate professional dive watch. With a successful interpretation, a gas escape valve was patented and fitted on the case band of the watch, allowing gas to escape in one direction hence achieving a much deeper depth rating than the Submariner ref. 5513.

    The ref. 16600 was launched in 1989 replacing the former ref. 16660. The new reference featured essentially the same depth rating as its previous model at 4,000ft, however upgraded with a new cal. 3135, the model was officially discontinued in 2008.

    The present example ref. 16600 from circa 2008 is presented in absolute “New Old Stock” condition retaining all its factory protective elements on the case. Furthermore, the present example originally sold in Japan features a Japanese seal on the caseback. Adding to its attraction, it is accompanied by the complete set of accessories including the original guarantee and 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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Ref. 16600
A fine and attractive, "New Old Stock" stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, date, gas escape valve, bracelet, guarantee and box

Circa 2008
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$65,000 - 125,000 
€7,700-14,700
$8,300-16,000

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