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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 264

    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel self-winding wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bracelet, original guarantee and box

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SEA-DWELLER, SUBMARINER 2000, 2000FT=610M, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER, OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, REF. 1665, CASE NO. 4'187'239, MANUFACTURED IN 1976

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    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel self-winding wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, bracelet, original guarantee and box
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Sea-Dweller, Submariner 2000, 2000ft=610m, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified, ref. 1665, case no. 4'187'239, manufactured in 1976
    Cal. 1570 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, the black matte 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 to 60 units, valve in the band, screw back and screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    40 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by Rolex Attestation de Chronomètre Officiel dated 11 March 1977, original fitted green presentation box and outer packaging.

    The present watch is from the fourth, so-called "Mark IV" or "Mk 4" series of the "double red" Sea-Dweller, in production between around 1974-1977 and distinguished by the printing on its dial.

    The "double red" designation is written directly on the dial and often a mid red colour, less intense than on the "Mk 2" for example. The two double red lines show different sizes: the second line, "SUBMARINER 2000", is smaller than the first line "SEA-DWELLER". The 5 tips and the oval at the base of the Rolex crown are clearly defined. The overall impression of the fonts is less distinct in its application, when closely inspected the printing appears to be made up of a series of dots, rather than direct brush strokes or application.

    Still retaining the original guarantee and box, the rarity of the present watch is further enhanced by its very good, original overall condition.

    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.