Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jan 18, 2022

LOT 112

Ref. 16610, Submariner "Comex", Black dial, Steel

EUR 60,000 - 120,000

USD 68,000 - 136,000 / HKD 530,000 - 1,060,000 / CHF 63,000 - 126,000

Sold: EUR 88,400

Stainless steel tonneau shape self-winding diver wristwatch with screwed caseback, “triplock” winding-crown protected by the crown guards, 60-minute graduated unidirectional revolving bezel with black insert for the decompression times, black colour dial, centre-seconds and date at 3 (aperture under Cyclops lens).

Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model “Oyster Perpetual Date” “Submariner, 1000 ft = 300 m” “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” Comex n. 6377

Reference 16610

Year Circa 1991

Movement No. 6 205 268

Case No. 402 176

Bracelet Stainless steel Rolex oyster bracelet Ref. 93150 with stainless steel deployant clasp “lip lock”, end-links stamped 501/8, approx. overall length 160 mm

Diameter 40 mm.

Caliber 3135

Weight 125 gr. (approx.)

Signature Case, dial and movement


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


The Submariners for the Compagnie Maritime d'Expertise, known as COMEX, are iconic diving watches. It was in the early 1960s, in 1963, that a partnership between these two entities was established. When its first hyperbaric centre was built in 1968, COMEX set up a hyperbaric unit and a large modular saturation unit on its site in Marseilles for physiological studies that were adapted to saturation diving under hydrogen at up to 800m.

Approximately 250 watches of ref. 16610 COMEX Submariner were delivered to COMEX between 1990 and 1997. These watches, which had 316 grade steel cases, were upgraded to 904L grade (similar to Ref. 168000), but with the new Caliber 3135. Ref. 16610 featured the latest tritium indexes with a large black dial with COMEX logo. It is worth noting that a small batch of 16610 COMEX watches with bright Luminova dials and COMEX logo were delivered to COMEX in 2004 (F series).