• Important Watches Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1372

    Important Watches Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION PART II

    10 May 2010, Geneva

  • Lot 35

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel limited edition automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet, made for the 50th anniversary of the Sommozzatori of Italy's Polizia di Stato

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SEA-DWELLER, 4000FT=1220M, POLIZIA DI STATO, SOMMOZZATORI, 1958 - 2008, REF. 16600, CASE NO. V314925, MANUFACTURED IN 2008

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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel limited edition automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet, made for the 50th anniversary of the Sommozzatori of Italy's Polizia di Stato
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Sea-Dweller, 4000ft=1220m, Polizia di Stato, Sommozzatori, 1958 - 2008, Ref. 16600, case no. V314925, manufactured in 2008
    Cal. 3135 nickel-finished lever movement, 31 jewels, black dial, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous mercedes hands, sweep centre seconds, window for date, octopus emblem surrounded by the inscription Polizia Di Stato Sommozzatori, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw back engraved Rolex Oyster Original Gas Escape Valve and Polizia Di Stato Sommozzatori 1958 - 2008, screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    40 mm. diam.


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    With Rolex Guarantee dated December 2008, seal, Bühlmann Dive Time-Table, product literature, Rolex Ref. 2100 tool for adjusting the length of the bracelet, one spare link, original fitted green presentation box and outer packaging. Furthermore delivered with the commemorative book I Sommozzatori della Polizia Di Stato - 1958-2008 cinquant'anni sotti i mari by Luisa Cavallo, Gianluca Greco, Stefano Ruia, with illustrations of the present model and divers wearing it (pp. 151 & 155).

    This special edition Sea-Dweller was launched in 2008 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the scuba divers institution of the Italian State Police. A total of only 78 examples were made and given to the divers, rendering the present reference 16600 one of the rarest and most collectible versions of this celebrated model.

    The dials are distinguished by a small octopus, the symbol of the Italian State Police Scuba Diving unit, the backs are engraved with the commemorative inscription Polizia di Stato, Sommozzatori, 1958 - 2008.

    Reference 16600 "Polizia di Stato, Sommozzatori 1958-2008 is prominently illustrated on the cover of Rolex Submariner Story by Franca e Guido Mondani, Lele Ravagnani, Guido Mondani Editore, and described and illustrated on pp. 200 - 203.

    The present watch appears to be in new old stock condition, further enhancing its desirability.

    Special Notice

    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.