Rolex - The New York Watch Auction: X New York Saturday, June 8, 2024 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 2000
    Reference No: 16618; inside caseback further stamped 16610
    Movement No: 9’004’327
    Case No: P’616’024
    Model Name: Submariner Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18K yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet with diver’s extension, endlinks stamped 93256, max overall approx. length 225mm (without diver’s extension)
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex deployant clasp, reference 93256, stamped DE2
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex punched guarantee dated December 2001 with country code for Germany, serial number hang tag, wax tag, product literature, information booklet, inner wooden box with insert, and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    An opulent variation of the quintessential diver’s wristwatch, the Rolex Submariner reference 16618 remained in production from 1988 until 2008. It features relatively thinner traditional case dimensions, with an aluminum bezel insert no longer in use by the brand. Combined with the outstanding Rolex 3135 automatic caliber with quick-set date function, the yellow gold case and bracelet add an aura of sophistication to this classic diver’s timepiece.

    Preserved in excellent condition and with all of its original accessories, the present “P-series” ref 16618 sold in 2001 marries the past and future of the Rolex Submariner, with a vintage feel and modern mechanics.

  • Artist Biography


    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. 16618; inside caseback further stamped 16610
An attractive, sporty, and well-preserved yellow gold diver’s wristwatch with date, bracelet, guarantee, and presentation box

Circa 2000
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.

$20,000 - 40,000 

Sold for $27,940

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