Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600

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The Submariner is Rolex’ most iconic design and for a while it was the brand’s toughest toolwatch. But as professional divers dove deeper and deeper due to improvements in diving technology, the Sub’s 300 meter depth rating didn’t cut it anymore. The Sea-Dweller, co-developed with French engineering and deep-sea diving company COMEX, was introduced as the Submariner’s tougher brother in 1969 and has been in production ever since.The reference 16600 was released in 1988 as the successor of the ‘Triple Six’ Sea-Dweller (ref. 16660) and was in production until 2008. The 16600 was the last Sea-Dweller reference with the slim 40mm case shape, before it was morphed into today’s gargantuan ceramic model.This 16600 dates back to 2001 and sports a beautiful glossy black dial with 18k white gold hour marker surroundings with Super Luminova filling. The case is in great shape and the matching brushed Oyster bracelet contains minimal stretch.

Introduction

Rolex Sea-DwellerIn 1926, Rolex’ visionary founder Hans Wildorf patented the world’s first waterproof and dustproof watch case: the famous ‘Oyster.’ Three decades later, in 1953, Rolex introduced one of the world’s first wrist watches geared specifically towards divers: the Submariner. Rolex had to confront a number of challenges when designing its first dive watch. The watch obviously had to withstand significant amounts of pressure and had to accurately measure time spent underwater, which the first Submariner achieved by introducing a 330ft/100m depth rating and a rotating diving bezel. It also had to be easily legible in conditions of reduced visibility yet aesthetically pleasing. Hence, the Sub’s iconic large white tritium hour markers and Mercedes hands set against a contrasting black dial.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 for conducting safe diving operations at depths of 300 metres (1,000 ft.). However, these were still not sufficient for deep-sea divers who experienced failure as their watch crystals broke during compression due to the build up of helium. To aid these divers, Rolex released in 1967 the Sea-Dweller Submariner (ref. 1665) in cooperation with the French engineering and deep-sea diving company COMEX. The Sea-Dweller range has been standard issue for COMEX divers and since 1977 Rolex has even produced them with customized COMEX dials.By increasing the thickness of the crystal and incorporating a helium escape valve for saturation diving, the early Sea-Dweller could be taken as deep as 610 metres (2,000 ft). A characteristic aspect of the Sea-Dweller is the absence of the date magnifier (‘cyclops’) that is present on other Rolex Oyster models with a date complication.

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