Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 21, 2021

LOT 150

Ref. 16600, centre-seconds, date; “Sea-dweller” “Comex”; stainless steel

EUR 50,000 - 80,000

USD 60,000 - 95,000 / HKD 462,000 - 740,000

Sold: EUR 119,600

Fine and very rare, stainless steel, self-winding, tonneau-shaped, diver’s wristwatch, black colour dial, with centre-seconds and date.

Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model “Sea-Dweller”, “Comex” No. 3 449

Reference 16600

Year 2003

Case No. F 204 312

Bracelet stainless steel Rolex “Oyster” bracelet with deployant clasp

Diameter 40 mm

Caliber 3135

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories original fitted box and outer box, warranty, instruction booklet, leaflet, Rolex Calendar, push-pin and three additional links


Rolex “Sea-Dweller”, “Comex”

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. 16600 was launched in 1989 replacing the former Ref. 16660. Although it bears the same depth rating as its predecessor at 4 000 ft, the new reference featured an upgraded calibre 3135.

After a successful and a production run of 19 years, the reference was officially discontinued in 2008 and made way for the new Ref. 116600. Such an emblematic and iconic reference is a marker both of the history of diving and of the history of Rolex.