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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1979
    Reference No: 1665
    Movement No: D090’214
    Case No: 6’153’137, inside caseback stamped “1665” and engraved “3137”
    Model Name: Sea-Dweller, “Great White” MK I
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped “93150”, endlinks stamped “580”, max length 175mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped “X4, 93150”
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    - When it comes to dive watches, Rolex is undoubtedly the first watchmaker that comes to mind, thanks to its rich history of producing exceptional timepieces for underwater exploration. Renowned for their robustness and impeccable build quality, Rolex has always been at the forefront of the industry. Since the introduction of the Submariner in 1953, Rolex has continuously strived to innovate and enhance their watches, aiming for superior quality and the ability to conquer even greater depths.

    - In 1967, after years of dedicated research and development, Rolex introduced their first Sea-Dweller model, the 1665. This groundbreaking timepiece featured a helium escape valve, allowing it to withstand extreme depths. The results were so impressive that the patent for this innovative feature was granted in 1970, and the helium escape valve has been a staple in the Sea-Dweller lineup ever since.

    - The present 1665 model showcases a highly sought-after “Great White” MK I dial, identifiable by the distinctive "open 6" numeral. MK I dials were produced for watches with serial numbers ranging from 5.18 million to 6.2 million. The current lot, with a case number of 6.1 million, perfectly aligns with this production period and dates back to 1979.

    - Despite its age, the watch remains in excellent condition, boasting a strong case and a very attractive dial that exhibits an evenly aged luminous material, resulting in a captivating light yellow patina.

  • Artist Biography


    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 fine and attractive stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds, MK I dial, gas escape valve and bracelet

Circa 1979
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

HK$80,000 - 160,000 

Sold for HK$88,900

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Phillips Watches Online Auction: The Hong Kong Sessions, Spring 2024

19 - 26 March 2024