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Rolex

'Double Red' Sea-Dweller, Ref. 1665 Stainless steel wristwatch with date, 'tropical' dial, thin case and bracelet Circa 1967 | 勞力士1665型號「'Double Red' Sea-Dweller」精鋼鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示及熱帶錶盤,年份約1967

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Estimate:

120,000

to
- 180,000 CHF

Rolex

Rolex

'Double Red' Sea-Dweller, Ref. 1665 Stainless steel wristwatch with date, 'tropical' dial, thin case and bracelet Circa 1967 | 勞力士1665型號「'Double Red' Sea-Dweller」精鋼鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示及熱帶錶盤,年份約1967

'Double Red' Sea-Dweller, Ref. 1665 Stainless steel wristwatch with date, 'tropical' dial, thin case and bracelet Circa 1967 | 勞力士1665型號「'Double Red' Sea-Dweller」精鋼鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示及熱帶錶盤,年份約1967

Estimate:

120,000

to
- 180,000 CHF

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'Double Red' Sea-Dweller, Ref. 1665

Stainless steel wristwatch with date, 'tropical' dial, thin case and bracelet

Circa 1967

勞力士1665型號「'Double Red' Sea-Dweller」精鋼鍊帶腕錶備日期顯示及熱帶錶盤,年份約1967


Dial: 'tropical'

Calibre: cal. 1575 automatic, 26 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw-down back

Case number: 1’758’338

Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp

Dimensions: 40 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 173 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: yes

Papers: yes

Accessories: Rolex punched guarantee, instruction manual, product literature, leather wallet, original sales receipt dated 1972 for the sum of 159 USD, sales tag, anchor and presentation box

MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing and the date advancing. 

CASE: in good and attractive condition. The lugs retaining strong proportions with visible bevels. The three last digits of the case number are repeated inside the case back, which is also stamped ‘IV-67’. The case likely polished in the past with some discreet signs of wear visible with the naked eye. The bracelet in fair condition with some wear and stretching. The reference is 93150, the endlinks stamped ‘585’ and clasp marked ‘VD’. It is later-added and dates to circa 1979. 

DIAL: is in very good condition with even and rich ‘tropical’ patina and matching hands. The luminous material has aged evenly an no longer shows any reaction under UV light.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports 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. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. 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.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."


**Please be advised that bands 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."

The present watch is highly charismatic and extremely well preserved. It features a remarkable MK2 tropical dial. This dial has uniformly aged into a chocolate brown colour throughout. The characteristic of a MK2 is the small oval at the bottom of the Coronet and the 'D' in 'Dweller' is aligned with 'I' in 'Submariner'. The case is furthermore known as the 'thin' MK2 case and has very nice proportions and beveled edges. In addition to the remarkable condition and tropical dial of this diver’s watch, the watch is furthermore completed by an assortment of original accessories that not only include its punched Garantie and service paperwork, but unusually, the watch still retains with its hand written receipt when the watch was purchased for 159 USD in 1972.