SUBMARINER, REFERENCE 16610
STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET
Calibre: cal. 3135 automatic, 31 jewels
Movement number: 5'267'118
Case: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down crown and back
Case number: L'386'456
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding clasp
Dimensions: 40mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
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DIAL: in good condition, the hands are service replacements.
CASE: scuffs and scratches throughout consistent with wear. The luminescent pearl bezel insert has probably been replaced. Bracelet with scuffs and scratches throughout.
Bracelet: ref. 93150 (N9) / 93150, 501B endlinks
MOVEMENT: running at the time of cataloguing, date advances, seconds hack when crown is pulled out, date quickset working
The watch has not been tested to determine the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
The Rolex Submariner was introduced in 1954 as a robust, highly water-resistant luxury diver’s wristwatch. Its timeless design barely evolved over the course of 60 years, contributing to the legendary status of this model. The reference 16610 was produced for more than 20 years between 1987 and 2010 and introduced major technical innovations. It replaced the outgoing Submariner reference 16800 and is considered by many collectors as the last “pre-modern” iteration, before Rolex introduced the maxi cases and the ceramic bezel insert with ref. 116610.
The reference introduced progressive changes over its long production period, such as the transition from Tritium to Luminova luminescent material in the late 1990s, the withdrawal of drilled lugs and the Rolex engraving to the dial outer ring. This reference is powered by the caliber 3135 which remains in use for the current reference 116610.
The present Rolex Submariner reference 16610 bears an L series case, dated from 1989. As an early example for this reference should, it bears a tritium dial with circled indexes, marked ‘SWISS-T,25’ at 6 o’clock. The indexes and pearl bezel insert have developed a matching patina over the years. The watch is furthermore offered with its original 93150 bracelet with diving extension.
The reference 16610 is the most fitting blend of modern and vintage, echoing a more traditional design language whilst being a reliable daily wearer.