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Rolex. A Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch Date, Center Seconds, Bracelet and "Tropical" Dial
Rolex. A Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch Date, Center Seconds, Bracelet and "Tropical" Dial

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SEA-DWELLER, SUBMARINER 2000, 2000FT=610M, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER, OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, DOUBLE-RED MODEL, REF. 1665, CASE NO. 1'760'281, CIRCA 1967

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Rolex. A Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch Date, Center Seconds, Bracelet and "Tropical" Dial
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Sea-Dweller, Submariner 2000, 2000ft=610m, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified, Double-Red Model, Ref. 1665, Case No. 1'760'281, Circa 1967
Movement: Automatic, Cal. 1570, 26 jewels
Dial: Brown, luminous dot, dagger and baton numerals, date, center seconds
Case: Stainless steel, engraved screw back, gas escape valve in the band, inside caseback stamped 281, 1665 and IV.67, 39mm diam.
Bracelet/Clasp: Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 93150 and 580, overall approximate length 7 inches
Accompanied By: One extra folded Rolex Oyster bracelet, one extra folded Rolex Oyster half bracelet and buckle, a Rolex Guarantee, a Rolex Guarantee booklet, product literature, a Rolex presentation box, a Rolex pouch, a Rolex International Service Guarantee dated April 19, 2018 with Rolex service summary, tie-tag and later Rolex anchor
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From the Original Owner

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Launched in 1967, the celebrated Sea-Dweller reference 1665 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 dial features one of the most scarce – and at the same time most peculiar and recognizable – versions: the Mark II. Mark II dials are defined by at least three features: the second red line of text presents fonts smaller than the first; the red fonts are bright red and very crisp with neatly defined serifs (especially on the last “E” of “dweller”); and – and this is the most immediately recognizable feature – the Rolex coronet is not at all well-defined, with the spikes somewhat blurry and imprecise and the opening at the bottom nearly nonexistent. Most possibly, this less-than-perfect quality is the reason why Rolex very soon dismissed this version of the Double Red dial. In fact, it is found only around serial numbers 1.7 Million.

The present watch stands out with it highly attractive "tropical" dial where the color of the dial has aged and transformed, now a rich brown color, highly sought-after in today's market. Furthermore, offered complete, the watch is accompanied by two matching Rolex punched Guarantee's and its Rolex presentation box.

For a description and detailed illustration of other Double Red Sea-Dweller reference 1665 watches see Rolex Submariner Story by Franca & Guido Mondani and Lele Ravagnani, pp. 160-171.

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