Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, May 14, 2017

LOT 348

ROLEX REF 1665 SEA-DWELLER "GREAT WHITE", JACQUES COUSTEAU ENGRAVING, STEEL Rolex, "Oyster Perpetual Date, Sea-Dweller, 2000 ft./610 m., Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified", case No. 6109243, Ref. 1665. Made in 1979. Fine and rare, center seconds, self-winding, water resistant, stainless steel wristwatch with helium escape valve and date.

CHF 20,000 - 40,000

HKD 160,000 - 320,000 / USD 20,000 - 40,000

Sold: CHF 37,500

Three-body, polished and brushed, screw-down case back with engraving :"Jacques Yves Cousteau 1981" and crown, helium escape valve at 9, graduated bi-directional revolving black bezel for the decompression times, trip-lock winding crown protected by the crown guard, sapphire crystal. Black with luminous white round, triangular and baton indexes, aperture for the date, outer minutes/seconds divisions. Luminous steel skeleton hands. Cal. 1570, rhodium-plated, oeil de perdrix decoration, 26 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring, microstella regulating screws, hack mechanism.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 40 mm. THICKNESS 17 mm. Approx. overall length 165 mm. According to the current owner, the watch was found at a watch fair in Koln in 1992. He remembers paying the same amount like a regular Seadweller around 2000 euros. The consignor said that he had, at the time, spoken by phone with Rolex Koln, who told him that a small series of Seadwellers (he recalls between 20-25 watches) had been ordered as a gift to some members of the Calypso team to celebrate a dive. Unfortunately, we were not able to find more proofs of these facts.