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Up for grabs is an incredibly rare Rolex Sea-Dweller, Ref. 16660 (“Triple Six”), made for COMEX, circa 1984. COMEX (Compagnie Maritime d’Expertses), which stands for “Expert Maritime Company”, was a famous diving company which specialized in deep underwater engineering, construction, and exploration. Rolex partnered with COMEX in the 1970s, and supplied them with Submariner and Sea-Dweller wristwatches for their underwater exploits – a collaboration that was unheard of for the brand to that point, and has yet to be done since, making the co-branded COMEX watches some of the most collectible Rolex sports watches on the market.
This particular example was issued to a legendary diver, Mr. Bernard Kabrane, who was a COMEX diver from 1980-1990. Kabrane specialized in soldering for undersea constructions such as pipelines and offshore platforms and was known for being able to remain longer than one and a half hours at depths greater than 50 meters, a truly remarkable and insane feat. He also achieved diving records for COMEX while working on the Panama Canal and other undesea pipelines. Included in the sale are the original Rolex boxes, Guarantee Certificate, booklets, various RSC (Rolex Service Center) cards and receipts, green Rolex wallet with cards, diver’s extension link, and pushpin, as well as a dossier copy including pictures of Mr. Kabrane, and his COMEX diving logs, prepared by Antiquorum when the watch was first auctioned for sale.
This Rolex COMEX Sea-Dweller is in lovely vintage condition. The case has been previously lightly polished, with thick and even bevels. The dial shows an even patina throughout, certainly use from wear as intended, but otherwise has no major actual damage, such as scratches, chips, etc. The dial and hands both retain their original tritium lume, aged to a nice creamy color. Likewise, the insert remains in great shape, with no major wear. The watch comes fitted on its original Rolex Oyster 93160 flip-lock bracelet with 592 endlinks, and has 11 links (plus diver’s extension), showing minimal stretch.