PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR
ROLEX | 'DOUBLE RED' SEA-DWELLER, REF 1665 STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, HELIUM ESCAPE VALVE AND BRACELET CIRCA 1977
Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 CHF
PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR
'DOUBLE RED' SEA-DWELLER, REF 1665
STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH DATE, HELIUM ESCAPE VALVE AND BRACELET
Calibre: cal. 1570 automatic, 26 jewels
Movement number: D’005’162
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: 5’225’732
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 40 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 195 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex blank guarantee, Oyster booklet, calendar card and service box
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MVT: running at time of cataloguing, date advancing. Helium escape valve not in working condition.
CASE: with small scratches and marks all around the sides of the case, more noticeable marks to the top right lug. Bezel with signs of discoloration stronger pronounced lighter discoloration to the extremity of the bezel. Strong patination to the luminescent pearl at 12 o'clock.
Bracelet: 93150 (A) with 585 endlinks
DIAL: with signs of discoloration, through potential water damage, around the chapter ring between 7 and 3 o'clock, with strongest pronunciation between 7 and 12 o'clock. Uneven discoloration to the indexes, darker discoloration to the 9 o'clock baton. Hour hand with crack to the luminescent material, second hand showing stronger patination to the luminescent material than the hour and minute hand. Indexes and hands react similarly throughout.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
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Please note: Condition 15 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 1967 Rolex introduced the first version of the Sea Dweller reference 1665. This diving watch has been specifically engineered to sustain extreme depth for extended periods of time. The patented helium escape valve, first used on this reference, allows for accumulated helium to escape the watch without reducing its water resistance. But for this escape valve, the accumulation of gas could dislocate the plexi or damage the movement when expanding inside the watch during decompression.
The present lot is fitted with a Mark IV dial, distinguishable through the top red line of the lettering being noticeably larger than the lower part. The Rolex coronet is also very distinctive in this version, as it appears bigger with thin and tall spikes that are clearly defined with the 'O' being quite wide.