Rolex - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1971
    Reference No: 1655
    Movement No: D003389
    Case No: 2'926'875
    Model Name: Seadweller
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 185 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex twinlock folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex product literature, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: For another example of double red Seadweller, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 190.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present double red Seadweller is a highly charismatic example. The luminous dots and hands have aged to a beautiful ivory tone. The case of the present lot is known as the thin case as later generations were fitted with a larger, fatter case. It is interesting to note that the 2.9 million serial number would indicate a date of manufactured in 1971, however, on the inside of the case back, the watch is stamped for 1967. It is well known on the market that many of these early Seadwellers were fitted with case back in stock because a number of pieces are known with a similar serial number and a back from 1967. Consigned by an important private collector, this watch is a beautiful example.

  • 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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Property from an Important Private Collector


Ref. 1655
A fine and rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, helium escape valve, thin case, bracelet and fitted presentation box

Circa 1971
39 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$200,000 - 280,000 

Sold for HK$275,000

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016