16610: The general consensus was that Comex received their very last batch of Rolexes in 1997, however, in 2004, Henri Delauze ordered an additional delivery of watches, consisting of Submariners and Seadwellers. In all, the shipment consisted of 14 pieces, making it the smallest batch ever delivered by Rolex. This particular example is the first one to come up for sale of the "Last batch". Exceptionally rare, and unique on the market, this surely is one of the most interesting sapphire Comexes, being the only one that left the factory with a no-hole case and luminova dial. The watch comes with an attestation from Comex, signed by the CEO, which has been stamped and typed on Comex letterhead, mailed directly from Comex in Marseille. This attestation shows both the Comex number on the caseback, as well as the S/N of the watch. This attestation is meant to take the place of the original Rolex guarantee, which has been retained in the safe at Comex Marseille. Antiquorum has referenced this last batch of Comexes in their Rolex Revolution Auction, which takes place later this month. With development of the "Deep-Sea", we can only wonder what the continued relationship between Comex and Rolex may bring.
Brand new unworn condition, case still retains original protective tape on case and clasp.
Original luminova "Comex" dial in brand new condition.
Comes on an SEL oyster bracelet in brand new unworn condition.