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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 58

    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel self-winding wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bracelet and brown dial

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SEA-DWELLER, SUBMARINER 2000, 2000FT=610M, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER, OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, REF. 1665, CASE NO. 1719714, MANUFACTURED IN 1968

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    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel self-winding wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bracelet and brown dial
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Sea-Dweller, Submariner 2000, 2000ft=610m, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified, ref. 1665, case no. 1719714, manufactured in 1968
    Cal. 1570 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, the black dial with luminous dot and dagger numerals, luminous mercedes hands, sweep centre seconds, window for date, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, valve in the band, screw back numbered IV.67, screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    39 mm. diam.


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    The celebrated Sea-Dweller reference 1665 launched in 1967 was the first wristwatch designed for use in saturation diving, fitted with a Rolex patent valve in the band and guaranteed waterproof to 610 meters depth. The valve was first developed on the Submariner model and allows helium and other gases to escape, enabling the watch to stand compression.

    The present watch is from the second, so-called "Mark II" or "Mk 2" series of the "double red" Sea-Dweller, in production between around 1967-1970 and distinguished by the printing on its dial.

    The "double red" designation is crisp and bright red and different in size; the second line, "SUBMARINER 2000", is smaller than the first line "SEA-DWELLER". The Rolex crown has a rather indistinct or smudged appearance, the spikes are slightly distorted and the small oval to the base is hardly visible.

    Another particularity of the "Mark II" dial is its color, changing over the year from black to a chocolate-brown, such as the present watch.

    Special Notice

    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.