• Important Watches auction at Christies

    Sale 1376

    Important Watches

    15 November 2010, Geneva

  • Lot 25

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with centre seconds, date, gas escape valve, bracelet and original certificate, made for COMEX

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, COMEX, SEA-DWELLER, 4000FT=1220M, REF. 16600, CASE NO. N283772, MANUFACTURED IN 1992

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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with centre seconds, date, gas escape valve, bracelet and original certificate, made for COMEX
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, COMEX, Sea-Dweller, 4000ft=1220m, ref. 16600, case no. N283772, manufactured in 1992
    Cal. 3135 nickel-finished lever movement, 31 jewels, black dial with COMEX logo, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous mercedes hands, centre seconds, window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, gas escape valve in the band, screw back inscribed Rolex 3277 COMEX, screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet,
    case, dial and movement signed
    40 mm. diam.


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    With Rolex Garantie et Attestation de Chronomètre Officiel, tag, metal anchor, Bühlmann Dive Time-Table, product literature, Rolex Ref. 2100 tool for adjusting the length of the bracelet, one spare link and original fitted green presentation box.

    Between around 1992 and 1997, approximately 200 examples of reference 16600 were supplied to Compagnie Maritime d'Expertise or COMEX, the gloss tritium dials 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.

    It is understood that the present watch was formerly the property of the well-known stuntman Martin Grace.

    Martin Grace (12 September 1942 - 27 January 2010)
    Martin Grace, stunt coordinator and stuntman, regularly acted as double for Roger Moore in the James Bond movies and was prominent in some of the most celebrated scenes of the series - he was almost killed shooting a scene on a train in "Octopussy". He also doubled for Harrison Ford in the early Indiana Jones films and did stunt work for many other well-known movies, including Superman (1978), Brazil (1985), Patriot Games (1992) and The Truman Show (1998).

    Born in Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1942, Grace was excited by the spectacle of the cinema when he attended a travelling picture show in which films were shown in a tent. He attended Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London in the early 1960s, acted at a Butlins holiday camp, worked on the skills necessary for a stuntman and appeared in several TV commercials.

    After "Live and Let Die" he became a regular on the Bond movies and also regularly doubled for Roger Moore in other films. He was one of the stuntmen in the famous fight on top of the cable car in Moonraker (1979), although on that occasion he was doubling for Jaws (Richard Kiel), while Richard Graydon played Bond. He was almost killed on Octopussy (1983) while hanging on the side of a speeding train, which went beyond the track designated for the sequence. Grace was not facing the direction of travel and he slammed into a wall, breaking his pelvis and suffering other severe injuries.

    In his later years he also worked as a stunt co-ordinator on films and television. He lived in Spain, where he tragically died in January 2010 after a cycling accident in November in which he broke his pelvis again.

    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.