Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 18, 2022

LOT 107

Ref. 16600, Sea-Dweller, Steel

EUR 10,000 - 15,000

USD 11,300 - 17,000 / HKD 89,000 - 134,000 / CHF 10,400 - 15,600

Sold: EUR 14,300

A fine, self-winding, stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with escape valve and date.

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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

Reference 16600

Year Circa 1990

Case No. E794850

Bracelet Stainless steel Rolex bracelet (93160A), approx. overall length 185 mm

Diameter 40 mm

Caliber 3135, 31 jewels

Weight 144 gr. (approx.)

Signature Case, dial and movement

Accessories Rolex box and Rolex service guarantee from October 2014


Lot in temporary importation and subject to additional fees (see our general terms and conditions of sale)


The “Sea-Dweller” is one of the most purpose- fully design watches that Rolex has ever made, and possible the most important diving watch of the second half of the 20th century.

During the 1960s, the needs of professional divers working at great depths led to the development of the first “ultra water-resistant” tool-watches designed to conduct safe diving operations at depths of over 300 metres.

Today it’s a watch built to withstand a diving depth of 1 220 metres (4 000 feet), and up to 3 900 metres for the “Sea-Dweller Deepsea” model. The current “Sea-Dweller” watches are available in stainless steel or stainless steel and gold. The “Deepsea” model is fitted with the brand’s patented “Ringlock” system, designed to provide a higher degree of pressure resistance. The “Sea-Dweller” is equipped with a gas escape valve, especially designed for watches, made by the Genevan Manufacture to allow helium trapped in the watch to be released at a given pressure during decompression, while preserving its water-resistance.