Rolex - Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS Hong Kong Sunday, May 26, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 1665
    Movement No: D562’454
    Case No: 5’727’814
    Model Name: Sea-Dweller
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 93150, endlinks stamped 585, max length 195 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp stamped 8
    Dimensions: 40 mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed. Caseback further signed “Rolex Patent Oyster Gas Escape Valve”. Inner caseback inscribed with service marks
    Accessories: With Rolex punched Guarantee stamped in 1980, Rolex green leather fitted presentation box, Rolex “2000 feet” anchor, original Rolex sales tag, red Rolex hang tag, Rolex official service estimate, invoice and letter all dated 1988

  • Catalogue Essay

    Made by the Stern Company, this design was only in production from 1977-79. A number of characteristics make the “Rail Dial” configuration an exceptionally attractive timepiece amongst watch aficionados. Most notably on the dial, the "C" of Chronometer lines up with the "C" of Certified of the line below. The font of the depth marking is also always in italics. It is also the only version of the Sea-Dweller lineup in which the dial is marked “T SWISS T <25”, in addition to COMEX 1665.

    The watch was proactively preserved in good hands under of its first owner, even after he brought the watch from Trinidad to his home country. The watch was sent to the Rolex official service center in 1988 and received a full service. The original hang tags, including an extremely rare green dot 610 meters/2000 feet anchor, were retained and kept in mint condition, showing the first owner’s love and care of the watch. Almost as remarkable as the history and rarity of this piece is its great condition, with only few marks of wear on the case.

  • 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
An attractive and very rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with “rail dial”, helium escape valve, date, sweep center seconds, bracelet, guarantee, hang tags and box

Circa 1978
40 mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed. Caseback further signed “Rolex Patent Oyster Gas Escape Valve”. Inner caseback inscribed with service marks

HK$120,000 - 200,000 

Sold for HK$262,500

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Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019