The Sea-Dweller 16660 'Triple Six' was the first Sea-Dweller to be fitted with a sapphire glass. The first series used matte dials (divided in Mark 1 and Mark 2 variants) while the second series used the newer gloss dials. It was replaced by the 16600 in 1988. The present watch has a Mark 2 matte dial, most easily identified by the base of the 'F' in 'Feet' reaching to the 'V' of 'Superlative'. On the Mark 1, the base reaches to the 'E'.
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Antiquorum - Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces
Antiquorum, The World's Premier Auctioneers of Modern and Vintage Timepieces, is pleased to present its fall auction of "Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces" to be held on Sunday, November 11th at The Mandarin Oriental Geneva. Collectors can look forward to bidding on 613 outstanding modern and vintage timepieces.
Amongst the unique and collectible highlights is an extremely rare Rolex Single Red Prototype, Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller Submariner and a series of Patek Philippe timepieces, including a Patek Philippe Ref. 1518 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph and a Patek Philippe Ref. 2499 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph. Previews will be held in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing as well as Geneva.
The highlight of the sale is a Magnificent Royal Presentation Musical Fan with Concealed Watch, A gift from Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to Vicomte de Morais, attributed to Piguet & Capt, Geneva, made circa 1810.
It is an extremely rare and magnificent, musical, gold, painted on enamel and pearl-set fan with concealed watch and visible rose-diamond-set balance, the fan painted in watercolour and gold. This important gold and enamel musical fan is one of only three known to exist with a watch and music. A magnificent object de luxe, like the other fabulous and exotic precious objects made in Geneva at the beginning of the 19th century, this fan would have been the exclusive preserve of Royalty and the very upper echelons of polite society.
Lot 189 Estimate: CHF 300,000 - 500,000
"It's exciting to come across rare and special lots such as the Prototype Rolex Ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller Submariner and the Royal Presentation Fan, and we are proud to present them at Antiquorum's auction," said Evan Zimmermann, President and CEO of Antiquorum. "Items of such horological and historical importance along with a series of Patek Philippe and other very fine timepieces are sure to make this an outstanding event."
Antiquorum is also proud to present the Single Red Patent Pending Rolex Ref.1665 500m/1650ft - one of only six known. Produced in 1967 and never before seen at auction, there are six known examples of the "Single Red," including this particular example. According to research, this may be one of the only two known examples with escape valve. These watches were the prototypes for subsequent production models of the Sea-Dweller. Their history, intertwined with the lives and contributions of important divers of the 1960's make them one of the most historically significant watches that Rolex ever made, and thus one of the most important dive Rolexes to have ever come up for auction. Bought by the current consignor in the late 1980's, the watch has remained unworn in the safe since its purchase and has remained in excellent original condition. Lot 126 Estimate: CHF 80,000 - 120,000
Patek Philippe collectors will want to bid on the Patek Philippe Ref.1518, First Series. Made in 1951, it is a rare 18K yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases accompanied by the Extract from the Archives.
Lot 612 Estimate: 200,000 - 300,000 CHF
Another highlight of the sale is a Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Ref. 2499/100, one of the last examples to be produced. It is a very fine 18K yellow gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with phases of the moon accompanied by the Extract from the Archives. Made in 1984, it would appear that the present watch has never been offered at auction before.