The First Rolex Sea-Dweller: Double Red Sea-Dweller 1665
Following our inside and out glance at the GMT-Master group of watches, we presently direct our concentration toward the Rolex Sea-Dweller assortment. From the absolute first Sea-Dweller to the pristine model disclosed at Baselworld this year, how about we plunge into the historical backdrop of the Rolex outrageous jumper’s watch. The story creatures with the Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 1665 “Double Red Sea-Dweller.”
The Double Red Sea-Dweller has a profound of plunging. (credit: DRSD.com)
Comex and the introduction of the Sea-Dweller
Compagnie Maritime d’Expertises, otherwise known as Comex, is a French company had practical experience in profound plunging operations. Founded in 1961, Comex and Rolex built up a relationship almost immediately. Comex required watches that could withstand profound plunging campaigns, so Rolex obliged. This vintage watch from Rolex is a generally significant watch and a ladder for future Sea-Dwellers to come.
Rolex changed the Submariner ref. 5513 and fitted it with a Helium Escape Valve (HEV). The licensed Helium Escape Valve component allowed the watch to deliver developed helium and other gasses as the watch went down. Therefore, this forestalled pressure harm to the watch, accordingly Rolex currently been able to deliver extraordinary jumping watches.
The execution of those Comex-adjusted Submariner ref. 5513 watches did so well, it set the diagram for another Rolex model. In 1967, the new Rolex Sea-Dweller was conceived. The authority name of the debut model was the Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000. However, it’s all the more commonly referred to as the Double Red Sea-Dweller or DRSD for short.
The Double Red Sea-Dweller (DRSD)
The absolute first Sea-Dweller from 1967 was the ref. 1665 . Compared to the Submariner, it had, among other things, a thicker case, the helium get away from valve, a domed gem securing the essence of the watch, inscriptions on the caseback, and no Cyclops focal point over the date window. Be that as it may, perhaps the most distinctive variables, and the explanation behind the watch’s moniker, are the two lines of red content on the dark dial. In red, we read “SEA-DWELLER” trailed by “SUBMARINER 2000,” unmistakably demonstrating that this is a beefed up variant of the Sub. As opposed to the 660 feet (200 meters) profundity rating of the previous Submariner, the Sea-Dweller flaunted one at 2,000 feet (610 meters). This was an amazing accomplishment for the time indeed.
As expected, the Double Red Sea-Dweller is a profoundly desired vintage Rolex model. Rolex delivered the DRSD from 1967 until 1977. The four primary dial adaptations of the Double Red Sea-Dweller ref. 1665 are arranged by gatherers as Mark I, Mark II, Mark III, and Mark IV.
The Double Red Sea-Dweller is a profoundly desired vintage Rolex model. (Credit: DRSD.com)
The Four Dials of the Double Red Sea-Dweller
- MK I: These are the dials on the absolute first forms of the Sea-Dweller ref. 1665. Since the HEV patent hadn’t been allowed at this point, these models really have “Patent Pending” engraved on the caseback. The text dimension and shade of the two lines of red content are indistinguishable. The Rolex crown or coronet is the thicker style found on numerous vintage Rolex watches of the era.
- MK II: This dial adaptation is found on both “Patent Pending” and “Licensed” engraved Sea-Dweller models. The principle distinction with the MK I dial nonetheless, is the “SUBMARINER 2000” text is more modest than the “SEA-DWELLER” font.
- MK III: The MK III dial has a comparative textual style design of the two red lines of the former MK II dial, nonetheless, the coronet is unique. This time the refreshed Rolex crown logo is extended and not as thick as past versions.
- MK IV : This is the last form of the DRSD dial. The MK IV incorporates shut 6s instead of open 6s. Moreover, the textual style on each of the four lines of text — red and white — is thicker than past adaptations. Additionally thicker, are the prongs of the Rolex coronet.
A Rolex Grail Watch
The Double Red Sea-Dweller is a generally significant watch. (credit: Ryan at Desktopas)
The Double Red Sea-Dweller is a troublesome vintage Rolex model to discover because of its extraordinariness and prevalence. It’s absolutely a chalice watch by any Rolex aficionados’ principles. The DRSD’s worth has consistently expanded in the auxiliary market throughout the most recent decade, without any indications of easing back down. Indeed, Rolex even gave proper respect to the red content with the most recent adaptation of the Sea-Dweller ref. 126600 by including the pined for dark red font.
Keep an eye out for the following portion of our top to bottom glance at the Sea-Dweller history where we dive into the model that supplanted the DRSD: the Sea-Dweller “Incredible White” ref. 1665 .