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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1981
    Reference No: 1665
    Movement No: D810080
    Case No: 6'752'098
    Model Name: Seadweller
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 210 mm. maximum length, end links stamped 585
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding twinlock deployant clasp, reference 93150
    Dimensions: 39 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of reference 1665, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 191.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the late 70s, Rolex stopped production of the Double Red Sea Dweller and introduced a new dial with white printing that collectors now name the Great White Sea Dweller.

    The Great White Sea-Dweller dial can be categorized into five different types of dials with variations of fonts and configurations. The present watch is fitted with a Mk III dial that was manufactured in 1980.

    The present watch is a very appealing example with beautifully aged numerals that consistently matched the aging to the Mercedes hands.

  • Artist Biography

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 1665
A rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, gas helium escape valve and bracelet

1981
39 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$60,000 - 80,000 

Sold for HK$77,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am