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  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1967
    Reference No: 1665
    Movement No: D372’819
    Case No: 1’759’664, case interior stamped iv.67
    Model Name: Sea-Dweller “Double Red”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped 9315, endlinks stamped 380, max overall length 215mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39.5mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

  • Catalogue Essay

    In 1967, the Sea-Dweller joined the Milgauss, Daytona, Submariner, and GMT-Master as part of Rolex’s tool watch line up. The Sea-Dweller may on the surface seem redundant to the Submariner, which could at the time reach a respectable 660 feet, more than necessary for most divers. However, Rolex wanted to accompany those pioneers seeking to reach the deepest parts of the ocean – and stay there for an extended period of time.

    The Sea-Dweller saw the ingenious addition of a helium escape valve. When working in helium-rich atmospheres, tiny helium molecules would seep through the crystal and rubber gaskets into the watch and create pressure once the diver had surfaced. This would usually result in the crystal popping off. The development of the valve was meant to prevent this issue by letting the gas escape the watch case and easing the pressure. Today, Rolex worked with a number of divers and organizations around the world to aide in the Sea-Dweller's development, the name Sea-Dweller itself is a direct nod to the fact that the model had been developed to meet the demands of scientists living - or “dwelling” - under the sea. Following the positive results obtained with these companies, Rolex went on to publicly commercialize the model.

    The present Rolex Sea-Dweller, bearing the serial number 1’759’664 is fitted with a Mark II variant of the “Double red Sea-Dweller” dial with a small oval at the base of the coronet and the “D” in “Dweller” aligned with the “I” in “Submariner”. It is stunning with the luminous hour markers aging to a chocolate hue. The case is well-preserved and overall, a very pleasing example of these highly desirable models.

  • 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
An attractive and well-preserved stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with gas escape valve, date, "thin case", tropical “double red” Mark II dial, and bracelet

1967
39.5mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, and clasp signed.

Estimate
$40,000 - 80,000 
CHF39,800-79,700
€38,400-76,700
HK$314,000-628,000
S$55,800-112,000

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The New York Watch Auction: SIX

New York Auction 11-12 June 2022