Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 'MK I Great White'Sold
Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 'MK I Great White'
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While everyone and their mothers have long trained their sights on the Double Red Sea-Dweller, the ‘Great White’ is a serious bang for your buck.The ‘Great White’ moniker refers to the four lines of white-colored text on a ref. 1665 Sea-Dweller. The ‘Great White’ is the successor of the 'Double-Red' Sea-Dweller. Oddly, prices for ‘Great Whites’ are significantly lower than 'Double-Reds', even though they were produced for just 5 years compared to the 10-year production run of the 'Double-Red'. This makes the ‘Great White’ a great investment.This watch comes with a rare MK I dial evidenced, among others, by the non-serif printing of the word ‘ft.’ The steel case is nice and thick with a matching full-link Oyster bracelet. The matte-black dial is in impeccable condition and sports beautiful custard-colored tritium lume to go with the matching tritium-lumed hands. The black bezel insert has aged to a nice ghost color. All of this, for half the price of your average 'Double-Red'!
Rolex Sea-DwellerIn 1926, Rolex’ visionary founder Hans Wildorf patented the world’s first waterproof and dustproof watch case: the famous ‘Oyster.’ Three decades later, in 1953, Rolex introduced one of the world’s first wrist watches geared specifically towards divers: the Submariner. Rolex had to confront a number of challenges when designing its first dive watch. The watch obviously had to withstand significant amounts of pressure and had to accurately measure time spent underwater, which the first Submariner achieved by introducing a 330ft/100m depth rating and a rotating diving bezel. It also had to be easily legible in conditions of reduced visibility yet aesthetically pleasing. Hence, the Sub’s iconic large white tritium hour markers and Mercedes hands set against a contrasting black dial.During the 1960s, the needs of professional divers working at great depths led to the development of the first ‘ultra water resistant’ tool watches designed for conducting safe diving operations at depths of 300 metres (1,000 ft.). However, these were still not sufficient for deep-sea divers who experienced failure as their watch crystals broke during compression due to the build up of helium. To aid these divers, Rolex released in 1967 the Sea-Dweller Submariner (ref. 1665) in cooperation with the French engineering and deep-sea diving company COMEX. The Sea-Dweller range has been standard issue for COMEX divers and since 1977 Rolex has even produced them with customized COMEX dials.By increasing the thickness of the crystal and incorporating a helium escape valve for saturation diving, the early Sea-Dweller could be taken as deep as 610 metres (2,000 ft). A characteristic aspect of the Sea-Dweller is the absence of the date magnifier (‘cyclops’) that is present on other Rolex Oyster models with a date complication.
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