The Rolex SEA-DWELLER is a further proof, that the Geneva manufacturer has always been anxious to develop timepieces,
working accurately under extreme conditions and servicing its wearer.
- reference 1665/0
- year of manufacture ca. 1980
- stainless steel case
- stainless steel Oyster bracelet with fliplock clasp
- acrylic glass
- movement caliber 1575 - automatic
- serviced and guaranteed by Rolex Geneva
price upon request
Of course, also the company COMEX was responsible, that Rolex dedicated research and development to this particular model-range.
The „Compagnie Maritime
d’Expertise“ - divers faced more and more problems while using the Submariner model reference 5513. Not to drift off too much in physics, the only thing to be said is: The use of helium
at deep-sea-diving (decompression), starting in the second half of the 60’s, resulted in an overpressure inside any watch which blasted the glass of the timepiece off. A solution had to be
found to solve this problem.
How could the gas escape of the watch before the described damage occurred? For this purpose Rolex developed a „one-way-pressure-valve“ which kept the watch waterproof, also in extreme
depth, and allowed the gas to escape during decompression - simple but brilliant. Apart from the so called „pre-production-models“ (patent-pending, waterproof up to 500m/1650ft,
slightly thinner case and only SEA-DWELLER printed in red on the dial) reference 1665/0 remained during the whole production period quite untouched. As usual with Rolex there were several dial
variations, but the overall concept remained unaffected until production ceased in ca. 1981.
Our SEA-DWELLER, reference 1665/0, dates back to the year 1980 and is one of the last of this model range. She is overall stunning and may be considered as almost in „New Old Stock“
condition. Recently serviced and guaranteed through Rolex in Geneva this rare example of a true „Great White“ is highly collectible.