Exclusive Timepieces 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

226 Rolex Sought After and Desired, Sea Dweller “double Red” Mk2, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, With Dark Brown “tropical” Dial, Reference 1665

Estimate: € 44,000 –⁠ 80,000

Sold € 57,200

Lot Description

Model: Sea-Dweller
Reference: 1665
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1971
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 1575
Case N°: 2 661 383
Dimensions: 40 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

The capacity of immersion of Rolex timepieces constantly increased, and in 1967 was presented the first Sea-Dweller model reference 1665, one whose exponent is the lot offered here. The case has the same characteristics as the Submariner with the exception of helium and gas escape valve positioned on the band at 9 o’clock to withstand the compression and allow a greater immersion capacity up to 2000 feet (610 meters). “Rolex patented Oyster Gas escape valve” is also visible on the case backs, exactly like the present lot. Its remarkable conditions make this specimen a very nice opportunity for every watch collector: the stainless steel case 40 mm wide is simply beautiful and the case back still shows the engravings in a very crisp way. The well preserved unidirectional bezel is the representation of the iconicity with its black color and the graduated scale. The dial features one of the most rare—and at the same time most peculiar—versions: the Mark II. These types of dials are defined by at least three features: first, the second red line of text font is smaller than the first: second, the red fonts are bright red and very crisp with neatly defined serif: third, the Rolex crown is not well-defined and the opening at the bottom is almost invisible. The whole dial has aged gracefully, with a tropical brown color and exhibiting warm and all-matching patina on the hands and numbers. Definitely catching, this watch represents the history of Rolex and a gorgeous piece of collection.