Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
Every once in awhile, a contemporary timepiece -- even one as rooted in history as a Rolex diving watch -- comes along and becomes an instant classic. The Sea Dweller Reference 116600, known to enthusiasts at the 'SD4K' did exactly that.
Released in 2014 and only produced for two years, the SD4K was a return to the classic 40mm case proportions of the original Sea Dweller, that had been missing from the line since the introduction of the Deep Sea model in 2009.
Featuring all the hallmarks of modern Rolex production, including a ceramic bezel, solid end links, Super Luminova indices and hands, and an absurd depth rating of 4000 feet (hence the '4K' moniker), the 116600 is perhaps the penultimate expression of the professional grade Sea Dweller produced with the traditional case proportions favored by Rolex purists.
This particular examples dates to 2016 and comes complete with a full set of bracelet links, diving extension, boxes, papers, and warranty card. It is in exceptional unworn condition throughout with partial factory stickers still in place on the case and clasp.
We aren't ones to hyperbolize the significance of contemporary wristwatches - hell, this is really only 5 years old - but we have a pretty strong feeling that this model will be the one to own in the coming years...if it isn't already!
Case is in exceptional condition overall, showing only light wear from careful handling. Partial factory stickers in place. Luminous glossy black dial is in as-new condition with matching handset.
From the early waterproof Oyster case of the 1920s through to the ultra-complicated Sky Dweller of today, Rolex models and innovations have captivated a global audience and permeated the zeitgeist unlike those of any other brand. Whether it’s a simple, time-only Air King, a function-first Submariner or a complicated GMT Master II for the jet set, a Rolex commands a certain respect on the wrist and says something about the discerning eye of its owner.
From the swimming of the English channel in 1927 to the scaling of Mt. Everest in 1953, Rolex watches have been associated with adventure for the better part of a century. Despite its association since the 1970s more with luxury and status than with commando operations behind enemy lines or sporting achievements, Rolex still makes one of the most robust timepieces available on the contemporary market. And the company continues to support scientific endeavors around the world.
Interestingly, for most of the firm’s history, Rolex largely did not produce its components in-house, including its movements. (Indeed, hand-wound Daytonas sold today at auction for eye-watering prices feature run-of-the-mill Valjoux movements that feature in watches from hundreds of other brands). It wasn’t until the early 21st century that Rolex became the vertically integrated manufacturing behemoth that it is today, purchasing everything from movement manufacturers to bracelet companies. (Notably, the Crown even forges its own gold.)
Whether one is attracted to the rich history of the brand or simply finds its products notable from an investment perspective, Rolex is a company whose wares are guaranteed to remain a benchmark for horological quality forever.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.
Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000