Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 19, 2022

LOT 110


EUR 13,000 - 23,900

USD 13,700 - 25,200 / HKD 108,000 - 198,000 / CHF 13,100 - 24,100

Sold: EUR 19,500

A very fine and rare, stainless steel, self-winding, massive diver’s wristwatch, water-resistant (4 000 ft = 1 220 m.) with screwed case-back, original gas escape valve and ring lock system, black colour dial with centre-seconds and date of the month; black ceramic bezel.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 1

As new

Movement: 1*

As new

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model "Sea-Dweller", 50th Anniversary, so-called "Red"

Reference 126600

Year circa 2017-2019

Case No. 2RD14035

Material stainless steel

Bracelet stainless steel Rolex "Oyster" bracelet with deployant clasp

Diameter 43 mm.

Length 200 mm. (approx.)

Caliber 3235

Length 200 mm. (approx.)

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories original fitted box, guarantee-card


Rolex, “Sea-Dweller” 50th Anniversary, Ref. 126600

The Rolex “Sea-Dweller” was designed in collaboration with the famous French scuba diving company COMEX (Compagnie Maritime d’Expertise). In underwater missions, divers have encountered watch failure during decompression, when the glasses exploded due to an internal accumulation of air pressure. Rolex has modified the standard “Submariner” Ref. 5513 watches to include a helium escape valve to release air while maintaining the water-resistance of the watch. Thus, in 1967, the first Ref. 1665 “Sea-Dweller” watches were delivered to authorised dealers and selected divers for testing.

The Ref. 126600 was launched in 2017 at BaselWorld to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this model. As an homage to the Ref. 1665, it features the red writing “Sea-Dweller” on the dial. Still drawing on the Rolex diving history, a magnifying lens at 3 o’clock was added on the crystal above the date aperture, based on the famous “Submariner” Ref. 1680. If, in 1967, the Ref. 1665 had a depth rating of up to 610 metres, the Ref. 126600 provides water resistance capabilities of up to 1 220 metres. With its 43 mm. case and the Calibre 3235, this watch is a statement from the manufacture, proving Rolex creates professional tool-watches for specialist deep-sea divers, for more than 50 years.


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