A fine and rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with date, sweep center seconds, gas escape valve and “double red” Mk II dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1968
    Reference No: 1665
    Movement No: D091'955
    Case No: 1’758’244
    Model Name: Sea-Dweller
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped 9315, endlinks stamped 380, max length 210mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Literature: For another example of a Double Red Seadweller, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 190

  • Catalogue Essay

    The earlier Sea-Dweller models, including the present lot, could withstand pressure up to the impressive depths of 2000 feet or 610 meters, making these timepieces the world’s most robust and reliable water-resistant watches by then. The Sea-Dweller model embodies complex cutting-edge horological research and complex technical prowess which 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 II dial. Bearing a 1.7 million serial number, the present watch was manufactured in circa 1968 and is preserved in overall excellent condition. The luminous materials have aged to a great yellow patina, bestowing upon the watch an unmissable vintage appearance.

  • Maker Bio

    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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Rolex

Ref. 1665
A fine and rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with date, sweep center seconds, gas escape valve and “double red” Mk II dial

勞力士,「Sea-Dweller」型號1665,精細罕有,精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針、排氦裝置、「Double Red MK II」錶盤,約1968年製

Circa 1968
40mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
HK$235,000 - 390,000 
€27,200-45,100
$30,100-50,000

sold for HK$275,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
thomasperazzi@phillips.com
+852 2318 2030

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019