A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273
115 Rolex Precious and Esteemed, Submariner, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, With Black Mat Dial, Reference 16800, Full-set
Estimate: € 10,000 – 20,000
Sold € 27,040
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Case N°: 7 248 223
Dimensions: 39 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case
Accessories: Box, Booklets and Papers
One of the specimens that best reflects the idea of improvement of Rolex is certainly the Submariner, which during its more than 60 years of life has been subject to modifications to increase its efficiency. Of the 14 models launched from 1954 to 1990, one of the most fascinating for rarity is the transitional model 16800 of which we are pleased to offer a specimen. Produced from 1982 to 1986, the Submariner 16800 is the result of research and development inspired by its predecessor, the reference 1680, to which were added a sapphire crystal (the first one in the history of the Submariners), a quick-set date function, an entirely new movement (the caliber 3035) and, most important of all, increased deep ratings to 1000 ft (300 m), instead of 200 m. The case was also changed, the stainless steel was upgraded from 306L to 904L making it extremely resistant against oxidation and much harder. The dials of early models featured mat color and luminous indexes as in reference 1680 like the present lot while later generations were fitted with the white-gold borders around the luminous numbers and glossy dial. The conditions of the whole watch are notable and the dial is in great conditions. Accompanied not only with its original fitted box and warranty, but also with all the Rolex booklets, this watch is the nom plus ultra for a very high-level collector.