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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1977
    Reference No: 1665
    Movement No: D 410’450
    Case No: 5’148’110
    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 585, max length 190 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped CX11 and 93150
    Dimensions: 40 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex green leather fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The early Sea-Dweller models, including the present watch, could withstand pressure up to impressive depths of 2000 feet or 610 meters, making them the world’s most robust water-resistant watches at the time. The Sea-Dweller model amply embodies complex horological technology and sophisticated craftsmanship that enable Rolex to be an industry leader for decades.

    The red wordings of this dial, “Sea-Dweller, Submariner 2000” is dubbed by watch enthusiasts as “Double Red”. The present watch is fitted with a Mark IV dial, of which the “Double Red” letterings are vivid and clear, while the font of the red lettering is notably larger on the top line. The Rolex coronet is large, with clearly-defined spikes and a more pronounced “O” under the coronet.

    Manufactured in 1977, the present watch is likely one of the very last examples of reference 1665 manufactured by Rolex that has the signature “Double Red” lettering.

  • 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 very rare and attractive stainless steel “Double Red” wristwatch with gas escape valve, date, center seconds, bracelet and presentation box

Circa 1977
40 mm diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$220,000 - 400,000 
€24,300-44,200
$28,200-51,300

Sold for HK$300,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
[email protected]

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
[email protected]

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
[email protected]

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SEVEN

Hong Kong Auction 27 November 2018