ROLEX | "COMEX " SEA-DWELLER, REFERENCE 16660 A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1985 " | 勞力士 | ""Comex"" Sea-Dweller 型號16660 精鋼鏈帶腕錶，備日期顯示，錶殼編號8559338及3143，約1985年製"
"COMEX " SEA-DWELLER, REFERENCE 16660
A STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1985
"Comex" Sea-Dweller 型號16660
Calibre: cal. 3035 automatic, 27 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw down case back
Case number: 8'559'338 and 3143
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Size: 40 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 185 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex Garantie, instruction manual, product literature, bracelet tool and presentation box
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The date function is working properly. The gloss dial is in very attractive and in original condition. When turned in certain lights, the surface appears to have very subtle spider webbing but this is not the traditional cracking to the gloss, and it's just a very subtle pattern that can be seen in certain lights. The insert is in very good condition with very light surface wear. The case is also in very good overall condition with crisp edges, with minor surface wear. The numbers between the lugs are very crisp. The case back with crisp engravings with only very light surface wear. The inside of the case back is repeated with the case number. The bracelet is in very attractive condition with very light surface wear and is stamped reference 93160. Overall the watch is a very nice and crisp example.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports 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. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. 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.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands 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."
The emergence and subsequent progression of scuba diving in industry during the 60s and 70s called for very specially designed equipment. Watches in particular played a significant role in the undertakings of professional divers and were thus tools and relied upon heavily. This new demand for precision timepieces that could tolerate the stresses of prolonged deep water submersion sparked a period of significant innovation within the major Swiss manufactures, keen to capitalise on a fresh and growing market.
Introduced in 1967, The Rolex Sea-Dweller was manufactured as an evolution of the Submariner reference 5513. The 5513, perhaps one of the most famous diving watches in Rolex’s repertoire, was unable to withstand excessive depths for long periods of time. As divers plunged ever deeper the then current technology was tested to its limits and new technologies had to be developed.
This example is extremely collectible and is in fabulous condition with razor-sharp edges and beautiful proportions. It appears that the watch was never worn by a diver and it is thus a rare opportunity for any collector to come across a piece like this, especially when complete with its original accessories.