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    Sale 2161

    Important Watches

    10 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 70

    ROLEX. A RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SEA-DWELLER, SUBMARINER 2000, 2000FT=610M, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, CASE NO. 5257585, REF. 1665, CIRCA 1977

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    ROLEX. A RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET
    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SEA-DWELLER, SUBMARINER 2000, 2000FT=610M, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, CASE NO. 5257585, REF. 1665, CIRCA 1977
    Cal. 1570 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, glucydur balance, black matte dial, luminescent baton, dagger and disc numerals, center seconds, date aperture, 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, case, dial and movement signed, stainless steel Rolex Oyster link bracelet
    39mm diam.


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    The present watch is from the forth, so-called "Mark IV" or "MK4" series of the "double red" Sea-Dweller, in production between approximately 1974-1977.

    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.