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A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH DATE REF 1665 MVT 381562 CASE 2128294 PATENT PENDING DOUBLE RED SEA-DWELLER CIRCA 1969
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 68,750 USD
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A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH DATE REF 1665 MVT 381562 CASE 2128294 PATENT PENDING DOUBLE RED SEA-DWELLER CIRCA 1969
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 68,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH DATE REF 1665 MVT 381562 CASE 2128294 PATENT PENDING DOUBLE RED SEA-DWELLER CIRCA 1969
• cal. 1570 automatic nickel lever movement, 26 jewels, mono-metallic balance • matte black dial, luminescent dot, dagger, and baton indexes, Mercedes hands, center seconds, aperture for date at 3, outer minute track • stainless steel Oyster case, rotating black bezel calibrated to 60 units, gas escape valve to the case band, screw down crown, and solid case back • case, dial, and movement signed • with an associated stainless steel bracelet and folding clasp
diameter 40 mm, bracelet circumference approximately 180 mm
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Catalogue Note

Launched in 1967, the Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 was the first wristwatch designed for use in saturation diving. Aimed for amateur and hobbyist divers, Ref. 1665 was modeled after the Submariner, with a tougher case and pressure release valve allowing the watch to withstand compression.

The present Ref. 1665 is an original example of a Mark I dial variation of the Double Red Sea-Dweller. Two lines of red text are printed in the same size and serif font, possibly over white paint. The present lot has faded to an attractive and unique light pink/white. The coronet is clearly delineated with a well defined "o" base. Further, the case back is engraved "patent pending", as the earliest 1665s were designated.

The present example has been serviced by Rolex, indicated by the strike through case back inscription noting the proper case number "294," a frequent occurrence among Ref. 1665 models. 

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