Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 ‘Comex’

At a depth of 501m, the Comex diver and his Rolex are both working perfectly.

We are thrilled to announce that we can offer you a Comex Sea-Dweller!

Firstly, let us dive a little deeper in the story of the partnership between Rolex and Comex. Compagnie Maritime d’Expertises, abbreviated Comex, is a diving organization from France. During the late ‘70s the company comissioned Rolex to produce reliable diving watches that could endure extreme depths and circumstances. These Sea-Dweller references were exclusively issued to Comex employees. So, they were not available to the public and only produced in small quantities and, therefore, these watches are rare and highly sought after by collectors. Recognizable by the word “COMEX” on the dial and its serial number and reference engraved on the inside of the case back and the issue number engraved on the outside of the case back.

The ref. 16600 is the last edition of Comex Sea-Dwellers. The other two are the ref. 1665 and the ref. 16660. The first batch of 16600s, just 100 pieces, were introduced in 1992 starting with the issue number 3200. This is a very early specimen as the engraved issue number on the caseback says 3221. The stainless-steel case of this iconic dive watch measures 40mm in diameter and houses the calibre 3135. The black “COMEX”-signed dial has a tritium index with white-gold hour marker surroundings. The sapphire crystal and deep black aluminium inlay give the watch a very modern look. The Oyster bracelet with safety lock is in perfect condition and barely has any stretch.

Comex watches are rare and most Comex-signed watches are Submariners. Therefore, a Comex Sea-Dweller is extremely rare and collectable.

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