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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 103

    Rolex. A very rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, gas escape valve, hack feature, bracelet, Garantie, sales tag, diving table, tool and box, made for COMEX

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SEA-DWELLER, 4000FT=220M, REF. 16600, CASE NO. N283772, COMEX ISSUE NO. 3277, CIRCA 1992

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    Rolex. A very rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, gas escape valve, hack feature, bracelet, Garantie, sales tag, diving table, tool and box, made for COMEX
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Sea-Dweller, 4000ft=220m, ref. 16600, case no. N283772, COMEX issue no. 3277, circa 1992
    Cal. 3135 automatic movement, 26 jewels, black gloss dial, applied luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, sweep centre seconds, outer minute divisions, window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, unidirectional revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, gas escape valve in the band, screw back engraved “Rolex Oyster, Original Gas Escape Valve” and with COMEX issue No. 3277, screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, extendable deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    40 mm. diam.


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    With Rolex blank punched Garantie, sale tags, Rolex Buehlmann table card with air diving decompression table in transparent holder, green document holder, calendar for the years 1992 and 1993, period brochures and fitted presentation box.

    The present Sea-Dweller reference 16600 is one of the only around 200 examples of this model supplied to the Compagnie Maritime d'Expertise or COMEX between 1992 and 1997, featuring a gloss tritium dial with large COMEX logo.

    The watches were delivered in two series, the first including serial N, such as the present watch, with the inscriptions "Rolex" and "COMEX" straight across the case back. The second series with serial U were engraved with the curved inscription.

    The present example correctly displays both the reference number and serial number on the inside of the back. The outside is engraved with the issue number, in this instance 3277, as well as “Rolex COMEX” and the more usual inscription “Rolex Oyster Original Gas Escape Valve”.

    It is furthermore preserved in very good, original condition, the appeal enhanced by the presence of the original guarantee, diving table, bracelet changing tool and box.

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