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Rolex. A Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Center Seconds, Date and Bracelet
Rolex. A Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Center Seconds, Date and Bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SEA-DWELLER, 4000FT = 1220M, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER, OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED, REF. 16660, CASE NO. 7'471'187, CIRCA 1982

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Rolex. A Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch with Center Seconds, Date and Bracelet
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Sea-Dweller, 4000ft = 1220m, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified, Ref. 16660, Case No. 7'471'187, Circa 1982
Cal. 3035 automatic lever movement, 27 jewels, black matte dial, luminous dot and dagger numerals, luminous Mercedes style hands, center seconds, date aperture, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw down crown, quick screw back, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, overall approximate length 8 inches, case, dial and movement signed
39mm diam.

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Lot Essay

Rolex aficionados refer to the present watch as the Triple 6, a transitional Rolex that is a perfect example of the evolution of the much appreciated Sea-Dweller collection.

The Sea-Dweller reference 1665 was introduced in 1967 and was in production until 1980. It was born out of a collaboration between Rolex and the French diving company Comex and as essentially a diving watch it housed the patented helium escape valve, a thick-profile crystal, and a 2000ft depth rating.

The Sea-Dweller 16660 is the successor of the 1665 and was produced from 1978 to approximately 1988. The Triple 6 housed new and improved features such as an upgraded faster beat caliber 3035, a larger and improved helium escape valve, a flat sapphire crystal, and an unidirectional bezel. This transitional Rolex has all the improved attributes that make it easy to wear while still retaining the highly sought after vintage style.

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