2002 Rolex Sea Dweller Ref. 16600 with Box and Papers
Rolex implemented major changes to the Sea-Dweller starting in 1981. The sapphire crystal became standard starting with the Ref. 16660 and major developments were implemented into the model which included a uni-directional bezel as opposed to the bi-directional bezel found in previous examples, a larger and more reliable helium escape valve was added, and we see the introduction of the first solid end link (SEL) bracelets with the Ref. 93160 bracelets with attached 592 end links becoming standard around 1981-1982. The Sea-Dweller also received a new movement, the Cal. 3035 which allowed for Quick-Set date function.
In the early 1980's Rolex was working very closely with the Compagnie Maritime d' Expertise Company (COMEX) to develop a tool watch to accompany the company's divers who started to work at deeper depths as a result of increasing mixed gas diving standards of early 1980's and the Ref. 16660 is a perfect example of the two company's partnership to achieve a tool watch to meet specific needs.
This specific example of the Rolex Sea Dweller Ref. 16600 with the updated 3135 movement and more durable sapphire crystal and Trip-Lock crown would make this piece a great daily driver. The Luminova dial being highly functional holding a glow throughout the night and underwater.
|Dial||Black (WG Surrounds)|
|Bracelet||Rolex Oyster Flip lock 93160A with Solid End Pieces|
The case of this 2002 Rolex Sea- Dweller Ref. 16600 remains thick and fat showing a previous light polishing. The watch will be supplied on the original Rolex Oyster Flip lock 93160A with solid end pieces that exhibits very minimal stretch. The bezel insert is in perfect condition and retains its deep black look.
The luminova dial is in flawless condition showing no patina or fading. The hands are free of any lume degradation and match the lume plots perfectly.
Watch is complete with inner and outer boxes, original papers, hangtags, Rolex SeaDweller anchor and bezel protector. The watch was just serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by our 1-year warranty on accurate time keeping.