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The 9 Rolex COMEX Dive Watches

Caseback engraved with a COMEX divers ID number.

Rolex dive watches are among the top three most desirable among collectors.

The Prized Three

  • Omega Seamaster 300
  • Blancpain Fifty-Fathoms
  • Rolex Submariner & Sea-Dweller
Of all the Rolex dive models, those featuring COMEX on the dial are the most prized and exclusive. Milsubs being an exception of their own.

The name of this French marine engineering company is well known in the vintage watch community and has only appeared on the following specific Rolex models.
  1. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner, reference 5513 and 5514
  2. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date, reference 1680, 16800, and 168000
  3. Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller, reference 1665, 16610, 16600, and 16660
These exclusive watches were never sold at retail. If you were not a professional saturation diver working for this French company, there was no way to acquire one. They were reserved for an elite band of highly trained divers, working in one of the most dangerous and lonely professions in the world.

These watches were produced by the Rolex factory and each was uniquely engraved with the diver's ID number on the caseback. Given their exclusivity, prices are sky-high and counterfeits are common. 

If you are lucky enough to own an authentic and legitimate COMEX diver - congratulations! You are officially an elite collector and one of a very lucky few.

To learn more about Rolex COMEX dive watches, consult The Vintage Rolex Field Guide. To get the Print Edition discount coupon, join the mailing list and check out the free sample section of the book on the Rolex Submariner.



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