Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN Hong Kong Monday, November 26, 2018 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1974
    Reference No: 1665
    Movement No: D396’886
    Case No: 4’030’340, also repeated inside the caseback
    Model Name: Sea-Dweller, “Double Red”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped 93150, endlinks stamped 580, max length 180mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, stamped 93150 S CL1
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, outer caseback signed “Rolex Patent Oyster Gas Escape Valve”

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present example with Mk III dial features the “D” in Sea-Dweller lining up with the “R” in Submariner 2000. The Sea-Dweller has always been one of the cornerstones of Rolex’s continued success. Its technical prowess and masculine appeal make it a robust timepiece that has an intriguing historical background.

  • 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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 1665
A rare and highly attractive stainless steel wristwatch with double red "MK III" dial, date, bracelet and helium escape valve

Circa 1974
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed, outer caseback signed “Rolex Patent Oyster Gas Escape Valve”

HK$160,000 - 300,000 

Sold for HK$237,500

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018