First introduced in 1967, the Sea-Dweller has become the standard for deep sea and saturation diver’s watches. With the introduction of the helium escape valve it took the dive depth from 200m to 610m and led to the birth of the double red. In 1977 Rolex changed the lettering from red to white.
This example was made in 1979 (6.2 million serial) and is in overall excellent condition. The steel case will have been polished at some time in it’s life but not for a few years and it shows scratching consistent with regular but careful wear. The original matt dial is stunning… The batons and hands have aged to a beautiful ivory cream I’ve struggled to capture the colour on the pictures but will take a short video). The very high grade Rolex signed automatic movement is again in excellent condition and has been serviced by our professional watchmaker. The Rolex bracelet has the correct end pieces references of 585 and 93150 and the deployment clasp has the age reference of VD dating it to 1979. Whilst we haven’t got the paperwork we do have some excellent provenance:
- A period correct Rolex box, inner and outer
- A 1980 Rolex brochure in Spanish
- An undated Rolex Official Chronometer card
- A 1979 and 1980 Rolex calendar
- A period correct Rolex swing tag and red chronometer chip
The Great White is one of the truly iconic references in the Rolex range and if history is any judge it will provide a beautiful watch to wear and enjoy and provide a good investment (we cannot guarantee future values).