• Lot 153

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SEA-DWELLER, SUBMARINER 2000, 2000FT=610M, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, REF. 1665, CASE NO. 5'286'866, MANUFACTURED IN 1977

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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Sea-Dweller, Submariner 2000, 2000ft=610m, Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified, ref. 1665, case no. 5'286'866, manufactured in 1977
    Cal. 1570 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, black matte dial, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous mercedes hands, sweep centre seconds, window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, gas escape valve in the band, screw back engraved Rolex Patent Oyster Gas Escape Valve, screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    40 mm. diam.


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    With Rolex green presentation box.

    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.

    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 withstand compression.

    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.