SUBMARINER, REFERENCE 16618
YELLOW GOLD WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET,
Calibre: cal. 3135 automatic, 31 jewels
Movement number: 38'061'088
Case: 18ct yellow gold Oyster, screw-down crown and back
Case number: A'582'344
Closure: 18ct yellow gold Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding clasp
Dimensions: 40mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 190mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex guarantee dated February 25, 2000, 2 Rolex booklets, 2002/2003 calendar card and document holder
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DIAL: dial and hands in very good condition.
CASE: in good condition with previous signs of polishing. With minor scratching mainly to the case profiles and surface of the right-hand-side lugs. The bottom of the lugs show bracelet removal marks, with one deeper vertical scratch to the underside of the 7 o'clock lug. The case retains strong proportions, the hallmarks are clearly defined and legible. Inner caseback stamped 16610.
Bracelet: clasp stamped 92908A, 46B endlinks. The bracelet is lightly scuffed with little stretch, with signs of previous polishing to the outer clasp.
MOVEMENT: running at the time of cataloguing, date advances, seconds hack when the crown is pulled out.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for 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.
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The Rolex Submariner 16618 was manufactured between 1988 and 2008 as an opulent variant of the World’s most popular divers’ watch. Despite its full yellow gold configuration, the model was tightly based on its stainless-steel counterpart, the reference 16610, using the same newly introduced calibre 3135 featuring a convenient hacking seconds function and quick date setting.
The present example was manufactured in 1999 and is fitted with the newly introduced Luminova dial, superseding the Tritium examples and now displaying a “SWISS” signature at 6 o’clock. The Swiss Only dial was produced for an exceedingly short amount of time, adding to the collectability of this example.
The colour combination on this reference is undoubtedly striking, associating the deep oceanic blue dial with the warmth of the yellow gold case and original bracelet, stamped 92908A. The reference 16618 was furthermore the last generation of gold Submariner models to feature the traditional case, with thinner and drilled lugs in addition to the nostalgic aluminum bezel insert.
The successor, reference 116618, displays the maxi-case design with a ceramic bezel insert in addition to a non-metallic homogeneous blue dial.
This example is offered with a rather compelling set of accessories, making this lot an enticing opportunity to add a testament of Rolex’s quest for luxury to any collection.