A Merry Christmas to every one of our perusers who are celebrating! This year, we get back to where I basically “began” with Fratello Watches and that is with a gander at a Rolex. It was three years prior that I expounded on the Submariner 14060M and it’s the ideal opportunity for a recurrent commitment – with a wind.
Yes, this is an assessment of a plunging Rolex, however of the most profound of all: the Sea-Dweller. Kick up your feet, set out a glass and unwind, it’s the ideal opportunity for a Holiday portion of #TBT with the vintage Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665.
My mind works bafflingly. It mines a broad build-up of inconsequential data, frequently making digressive (read: free, best case scenario, associations between what are basically unique subjects. Thus it shouldn’t come as an unexpected that when I consider a watch, for example, the Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665, I in a split second review a scene from the faction exemplary film, Joe Versus the Volcano, where Joe, (played by Tom Hanks) visits a niche store for the sole motivation behind securing baggage. It’s a renowned spot intended to review when voyagers, or globe-trotters for this situation, went to quite certain suppliers to purchase things that filled an unmistakable need. Watch the scene, and perusers, may you live 1,000 years. I think about this clasp from a film that I previously watched during my 2-week long session with the chicken pox on the grounds that the Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 is actually what I referenced above: in particular, an unmistakable item.
Aside from all the COMEX legend that has been beaten into the tops of each Rolex gatherer, I’d actually never grown a lot of an impression about the Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 or any Sea-Dweller besides. Indeed, that is not completely obvious. I had seen present day adaptations of them on the wrists of partners and left away with one idea and one idea just; for what reason would any of them surrender the additional money to purchase what, as far as I might be concerned, resembled a Submariner with an opening as an afterthought? Obviously, I thought about the upgraded capacities of the watch, yet it just smelled a horrendous parcel like prominent utilization on the grounds that, all things considered, none of these people were participating in immersion jumping. However, I get it, when one has the assets to purchase either a Submariner or a Sea-Dweller, I can perceive how sufficient individuals have been upsold over the long haul and coaxed into purchasing the “best in class” jumper from Rolex despite the fact that a typical Sub could deal with any sporting plunge easily. In any case, for the very reasons that we’ll examine in a matter of seconds, it appears I was altogether too hurried in my excusal of the ultra profound diver.
Yes, like my sentiments about current Sea-Dwellers, I had never truly built up a desire for the vintage pieces like the Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665. That is, until the most recent a half year or somewhere in the vicinity. Indeed, I had credited them to being “a lot of trouble about something that is not important”, however perusing is perilous. Making a beeline for notable destinations like and (Louis Westphalen wrote a superb and handily processed history on the model line), I read about the historical backdrop of these watches and their importance. Finding out about the COMEX history was fascinating, yet I additionally went over accounts of previous space explorer Scott Carpenter’s time as a US Navy Diver and above all, his inclusion with the Sealab project. The undertaking considered the practicality of immersion plunging and its consequences for people. Craftsman, at a certain point, even went through almost 30 days in the submerged territory. The watches on the wrists of these aquanauts? All things considered, they were Submariners toward the start of the investigations and evidently progressed to Sea-Dwellers. To peruse it , it appears to be that Rolex worked with both COMEX and the US Naval jumpers after some time to build up the Sea-Dweller. While considering the way that the watches were intended to “live” submerged, the name makes sense.
From an individual viewpoint, I partook in a weeklong program in the Florida Keys at the run by Ian Koblick. And keeping in mind that I didn’t jump during the camp, I can review two submerged residences inside a tidal pond in the vicinity. One was really worked by the US Navy in the 1970’s as a feature of the Marinelab program it actually works as an instructive stage. The subsequent dwelling is “Jules Undersea Lodge”, which exists as the world’s just submerged inn. It was in the last submerged chamber where Scott Carpenter acquainted a class with assistance mimic the exercises of submerged laborers. Along these lines, indeed, the Sea-Dweller at any rate has a connection to where I lived – though for just a single week. J I advised you, free associations live inside my head, yet the outcome was that a Sea-Dweller was in my future.
For me, sorting out which Sea-Dweller to purchase was basic. As a vintage gatherer, and particularly with regards to Rolex, I like matte dials and acrylic precious stones. With the Sea-Dweller, however, that furnishes one with precisely two decisions (alright, nothing is at any point careful with vintage Rolex, yet we’ll keep it straightforward here). From 1967-1977, the supposed Reference 1665 “Twofold Red” Sea-Dweller was created. Beside some uncommon early variations (single red, no helium valve, and so on), these are viewed as the main freely accessible models and estimating mirrors this. There are a few ages of dial, yet expect $30,000 as a decent beginning stage for one of these symbols. Thus, in view of that cost, it drove me to the next decision, the Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 also called the “Incomparable White”.
The Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Great White was created from approximately 1977 to 1983 and it’s remarkable a few things. For one thing, it gets its name from its all white content on the dial. Second, the dial means the Sea-Dweller line as its own rather than its previous spot inside, or on, the Submariner line. Beside that, the watch is basically equivalent to its archetype and that, as I suggested previously, is something that is generously extraordinary when compared to the brand’s more typical plunge watch.
The Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Great White that you see here is a one-proprietor watch from France. It got some espresso in Switzerland at a vendor before the Davidoff siblings culled it for my benefit. Here’s a confirmation: I’d never held a vintage Sea-Dweller this piece showed up. I’d read about the distinctions, however I didn’t anticipate that this watch should be so different. For one thing, regardless of a similar case size of 40mm, it’s thick – truly thick. A thicker domed case back, a thicker mid case (generally 5.4mm versus 4.4mm) and a taller domed gem all amount to a watch that is over 17mm(!!) thick. That is generally 3mm thicker than the Red Submariner I own with the formal hat gem. The mid case itself includes a millimeter top of a standard Sub and that T39 Tropic Superdome basically towers at its acme.
Other subtleties serve to isolate the Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 from its steady mates. The case back is essentially incredible with its profound etchings, which make note of Rolex’s licensed gas get away from valve – a detail which is strangely practically imperceptible because of its little size. The text style strikes me as to some degree “old common” and it’s an uncommon demonstration of richness from the exceptionally unemotional brand. Truth be told, the solitary different watches from Rolex’s comparative time family I can think about that contain such etchings are the Submariners from Tudor. However, coming back to the caseback, it’s really domed to a delicate point in its middle and that makes it somewhat extraordinary. And afterward, when seen from the side, there’s a detail that, when seen, becomes hard to ignore.
The bezel is evidently taller – 3mm versus 2mm and this ought to give undeniably more grasp. (As a side note, as we’ve raised Scott Carpenter, it was he who utilized a wide bezel Breitling Cosmonaute on his Mercury mission. It appears he was “active” with his watches.) Finally, while on a comparative 93150 wristband with flip lock and wetsuit augmentation, the Great White exchanges normal 580 end joins for taller 585 end joins to more readily fit the thicker case.
There’s only something about how the Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 looks face to face. The monstrous precious stone quickly adds an entire diverse look to a recognizable dial. It’s genuinely profound and somewhat mutilated at the very edges. Without the natural Cyclops, the silver date wheel looks strangely modest on a watch that is overstated in numerous different angles. However, here, on the Sea-Dweller, it simply works and by one way or another underscores the instrumental, reason constructed nature of the watch. That blurred tritium lume and the turning gray fat-textual style bezel additionally serve to loan this maturing monster a fantastic stature.
Inside the Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 sits the natural 26-gem programmed 1570 type. It’s a non snappy set piece that runs at 19,800 bph and is chronometer affirmed. According to regular, the development is controlled by means of an outing lock crown. Everything’s natural here and I’ve discovered the watch to run impeccably since taking delivery.
The Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 Great White has somewhat of an odd history with gatherers. It followed up a watch in the Double-Red that probably positions inside most Rolex fan’s best 5 records and with its all white dial, I guess it put on a show of being plainer or more commercial. In any case, actually talking, it truly can’t be disregarded. It’s likewise the last Sea-Dweller with an acrylic precious stone and was made for a far more limited period versus its archetype. With Rolex, we know nothing about creation figures, yet a watch this way – more dear than any steel Sub – couldn’t have been a standard merchant. Add to that the way that it was an apparatus watch in the most genuine sense and many got destroyed, were adjusted and gotten new parts. Presently, it appears, Great Whites are of interest and are expanding in worth similar as other vintage Rolex sports watches.
A Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 like you see on these pages would be considered as in incredible condition. It’s not, at this point worth discussing if something has been cleaned, however this one shows all its case slopes, a few imprints and dings reliable with wear and some minor precious stone scratching. It’s a genuine watch and that is not frightfully simple to discover nowadays. It was a fortunate find and I’m thankful.
The Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 has a place with the last timeframe when Rolex made looks for unmistakable purposes: or, better said, when individuals genuinely needed to utilize their looks for more than reading a clock. A valid example: Rolex made comparably explicit models like the Milgauss and Explorer II. To me however, a vintage Sea-Dweller addresses the most nervy articulation of Rolex’s interest for submerged predominance. Also, with that, I’ll stick around until a withdrawn extremely rich person calls me with a proposal to confront my own spring of gushing lava. Until one week from now…