ROLEX | SEA-DWELLER GREAT WHITE, REFERENCE 1665, STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH HELIUM ESCAPE VALVE DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 1978
Estimate: 5,000 - 8,000 GBP
SEA-DWELLER GREAT WHITE, REFERENCE 1665
STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH HELIUM ESCAPE VALVE DATE AND BRACELET
Calibre: cal. 1570 automatic, 26 jewels
Movement number: D'642’347
Case: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down crown and back
Case number: 5’379’797
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding clasp
Dimensions: 40mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: case number not mentioned on the signed Rolex Guarantee, user manual, service invoices, Rolex service booklet and presentation case
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DIAL: in overall good condition with even patination to the indexes, hands have been replaced during service.
CASE: in overall good condition with light scuffs and scratches throughout, consistent with age and wear of the timepiece. Visible scratches in crystal 2 and 3 o'clock. Some scratches and marks on bezel insert, particularly noticeable around 3, 4 and 6 o'clock.
Bracelet: ref. 93150 (CX11) / 93150, 585 endlinks
MOVEMENT: running at time of cataloguing, date advances
Please note: Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
In 1977, after ten years of the Double Red, Rolex introduced a new dial for its Sea-Dweller, today known as the Great White. This Sea-Dweller was still bearing the reference 1665 as its predecessor. However, it saw several changes. Firstly, Rolex omitted the ‘Submariner 2000’ signature on the dial, affirming the independence of this model from the Submariner branding. Secondly, the most noticeable change made was the writing on the dial now entirely white, hence its nickname, the ‘Great White’. Furthermore, the Rolex engraving on the outer case back moved from the centre to the inner circumference stating that this watch had the patented Rolex Gas Escape Valve.
The present lot was manufactured in around 1978 and is fitted with the Mark I dial which is distinguished by its two first lines of text lined up and the six in 610m which is open. The watch is presented on behalf of its original owner, retaining strong case proportions, with the dial with a light even patination throughout and original Guarantee, presentation case and documents, making this lot a particularly attractive piece.