87 Rolex Very Rare and Sought After, Sea-Dweller, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, Gorgeous Black “Double Red” Dial, With Box and Warranty, Reference 1665

Estimate: €60,000 –⁠ 120,000

Sold €84,500

Model: Sea-Dweller
Reference: 1665
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1969
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 1575
Case N°: 2 128 302
Dimensions: 39 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Accessories: Box, Warranty and Booklet

A tool watch par excellence, the Sea-Dweller was launched in 1967 and catered to underwater divers needing a watch that could withstand deep dives. With a depth rating of 610 meters, the Double Red Sea-Dweller ref. 1665 was the first commercially available Sea-Dweller, and the most coveted among collectors. Its official name is the Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000 and was given the nickname Double Red Sea-Dweller, or DRSD for short, due to the two rows of red text printed on the dial. The reference ran for an impressive ten years of production from 1967 – 1977 and featured five distinct dial variations. “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 39 mm wide is simply beautiful and the case back still shows the engravings in a very crisp way. The well preserved bezel is the representation of the iconicity with its black color and the graduated scale. The dial is incredibly beautiful, with its black matte color, the “double red” vivid inscription at 6 o’clock and the really charming ocher color of the indexes that matches perfectly with the Mercedes hands. The present Sea-Dweller ref. 1665 is a rare and collectible vintage Rolex offered in an attractive overall condition with still its original box and warranty.