Rolex Sea-Dweller 'Swiss-Only'

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REF 16600
Manual
39 MM
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SKU AS04981
Article Number 40920680
ref 16600
case size 39 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 1990s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes Stainless steel Oyster Bracelet with signed Fliplock clasp and dive extension (93160A/SEL).
overall condition The case is in outstanding condition overall showing only faint signs of wear from gentle use. Luminous gloss black “Swiss Only” dial with applied indices is in excellent condition with matching handset. Signed crown.
REF 16600
Manual
39 MM
– Show less
SKU AS04981
Article Number 40920680
ref 16600
case size 39 MM
movement Manual Winding
approximate age 1990s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes Stainless steel Oyster Bracelet with signed Fliplock clasp and dive extension (93160A/SEL).
overall condition The case is in outstanding condition overall showing only faint signs of wear from gentle use. Luminous gloss black “Swiss Only” dial with applied indices is in excellent condition with matching handset. Signed crown.

Why We Love it

In 1978, the original Sea-Dweller (Reference 1665) was replaced by the Reference 16600. This new model boasted an even greater depth rating: an impressive 4000 feet (or 1220 meters). This was possible, in part, due to a larger Helium Escape Valve.

Visually, the 16600 stands apart from its predecessor with a glossy dial featuring applied luminous markers. The internals were also upgraded with the Calibre 3035 movement. Rugged, dependable, and beautiful the Reference 16600 is the last 'Dweller with classic Oyster dimensions.

This particular example, an A-serial, dates to circa 1999 and features an outstanding untouched 'holey lug' case with a helium escape valve, a rich glossy black "Swiss Only" Luminova dial and matching handset, and a matching Oyster bracelet with solid ends. Furthermore, this watch retains its factory caseback sticker.

This is a rugged, beautiful, and highly functional watch from the last era of classically proportioned Rolex sports watches.

Brand Story

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Though much younger than many of its heavy-hitting horological cousins, Rolex has been at the fore of contemporary watch design virtually since its inception in 1905 by founder Hans Wilsdorf. A veritable marketing genius, Wilsdorf understood the power of story, associating his watches with the most notable and intrepid athletes, explorers, soldiers and politicians of the 20th century. His efforts were clearly successful: Today, the word “Rolex” is nearly synonymous in the minds of millions around the word with “watch.”

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.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

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.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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.

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