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Rolex A sought-after and desired Rolex Sea Dweller reference 1665 in stainless steel with rare "Double Red" signature with box

Estimation € 25,000 – 50,000

Model: Sea Dweller
Material: stainless steel
Reference N°: 1665
Year: 1975
Case N°: 4055156
Caliber: 1570
Movement N°: D959193
Bracelet: 93150
Dimensions: 39 mm
Accessories: box

Rolex has always had water as a favorite element for new and increasingly efficient watch-tools since, in 1927, it put the first completely waterproof watch on the wrist of the British swimmer Mercedes Gleitze. From that moment on, the capacity of immersion of Rolex timepieces increased more and more and in 1967 was presented the first evolution of the Submariner 5514 and was created the Sea-Dweller model reference 1665, one whose exponent is the lot offered here. These timepieces were considered ad the world’s most robust and reliable water-resistant watches and Sea-Dweller model amply embodies complex cutting-edge horological research and complex technical prowess which enable Rolex to be an industry leader for decades. The case has the same characteristics as the Submariner with the exception of a helium and gas escape valve at 9 o’clock to withstand the compression and allowing a greater immersion capacity up to 2000 feet (610 meters). “Rolex patented” Oyster Gas escape valve also visible on the case backs, exactly as the present lot. Moreover this example is fitted with a Mk4 dial, evidenced by the large coronet with clearly-defined spikes and a more pronounced “O” under the coronet and, even more important, the dial presents the red wording “Sea-Dweller, Submariner 2000” still vivid and clear. Manufactured in 1975, the present watch is one of the most sought-after by collectors in the last years thanks to this “Double Red” signature. The whole dial has aged gracefully, exhibiting warm and all-matching patina on the hands and numerals. The case is offered in crisp condition, still showing bevels on the side of the lugs.