Fake Rolex Single Red Sea-Dweller Monochrome Promoting

Fake Rolex. The Rolex Single Red Sea-Dweller aka SRSD

is an excellent uncommon beast. In early 1967, Rolex produced round 40 items for the Aquanauts of the U.S. Navy SEALAB 3 experiment who for the primary time in historical past had been going to respectable beneath the depth score of an everyday Rolex Submariner. For a collection of circumstances, SEALAB 3 was delayed and within the meantime, it grew to become clear that saturation diving was completely detrimental to common diving watches. Made to resist solely outdoors strain, with saturation diving the watches had to deal with inside strain as effectively when the divers decompressed to return to floor strain. Helium from the particular respiration gasoline bought trapped contained in the circumstances and wented off by bursting out the crystals. Today, the whereabouts of barely a dozen of the earliest Sea-Dwellers are recognized.

If you google Rolex Single Red Sea Dweller

or Rolex Sea Dweller Prototype, you’ll inevitably come throughout a watch that isn’t what it pretends to be. Featured in May 2015 by Monochrome, a watch weblog run by a Dutch named Frank Geelen, the article selling an “ultra-rare prototype” one way or the other sneaked into Google’s high outcomes and is sitting there like an enormous, fats and ugly bug. I researched the historical past of the Rolex Sea-Dweller to exhaustion and solved lots of the riddles surrounding this reference. One of mysteries was the watch in query and I can say with 100% certainty it’s a pretend Single Red Sea-Dweller, pieced collectively from uncommon authentic components to rip-off folks. Geelen, who I personally reached out to in June 2020 to tell him and ask for the elimination of mentioned article, couldn’t care much less. Despite having been supplied all of the proof wanted, Geelen didn’t react.

Fake Rolex. Rolex Sea-Dweller, 1759659

Fake Rolex. The watch in query was as soon as an asset within the portfolio of a watch hedge fund named Precious Time Fund which was established in 2010 by Elite Advisers in Luxembourg. According to info obtained, the watch surfaced in a pawn store in Chicago, USA and located its method into the fund’s portfolio by way of an unnamed US supplier. Most if not the entire fund’s belongings had been valuated by a French watch supplier and knowledgeable named Romain Rea who in April 2017 grew to become the CEO of Antiquorum.

On January 18, 2013, Precious Time posted the next image on their Facebook web page. The dial of this watch was undoubltedly an authentic Single Red dial nevertheless it had clearly seen higher days. Of all of the recognized Single Red Sea-Dwellers, the dial of this watch is the one in worst situation, in all probability because of a water harm.

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“1665 No Valve Single Red” (Photo: Precious Time)

Link to put up: 1665 No Valve Single Red (Facebook)

Fake Rolex. According to the previous fund supervisor of Precious Time, somebody had identified that the case quantity was uncommon for a Single Red Sea-Dweller however with out providing a believable clarification, the comment was merely ignored.

Most recognized Single Red Sea-Dwellers have case numbers between 1602000 and 1602040. Then there’s a distinctive piece with case quantity 1820177 which belonged to Dr. Ralph W. Brauer, a number one hyperbaric researcher from the United States. Brauer’s watch was the very first Sea-Dweller prototype to ever function a helium valve.

Fake Rolex. Case number-wise, the watch in query sits properly between the earliest Sea-Dwellers from the 1.6 million vary and Brauer’s 1.8 million watch. It might very effectively be that the watch was acquired assuming it was okay. It shouldn’t be. Although the 1.7 million circumstances had been produced within the fourth quarter of 1967, it was not till late 1970 that they had been accomplished. More on this later.

In 2015, Precious Time bought into hassle following the suspension of its sister wine fund Noble Crus. Too many buyers reclaimed their cash without delay and the watch fund was liquidated. This is when the pretend Single Red Sea-Dweller with case quantity 1759569 was inserted into the final market by way of a supplier from Luxembourg named Christian Bissener. To promote the sale, Monochrome revealed the controversial article which included the promoting worth of EUR 440,000 and a hyperlink to Christian Bissener’s web site.

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Screenshot Monochrome

The article reads like a gross sales advert:

“It’s a as soon as in a lifetime alternative to amass such a particularly uncommon watch – that may be seen as a holy Grail – a kind of untouchable delusion. It’s on the market for € 440.000 Euros. If you’re , you’ll be able to contact Christian Bissener from Watch Collector…”

Read the article: Cool finds: An ultra-rare prototype of Rolex Single-Red Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 dialed 500m/1650ft (Monochrome)

Fake Rolex. It is unclear whether or not the article succeeded

at discovering a purchaser or not however two years later in May 2017, the identical watch confirmed up at Antiquorum. The timing was fairly attention-grabbing. The watch got here up round one month after Romain Rea, the knowledgeable who valuated the piece for Precious Time, took over the reins of Antiquorum.

Auction hyperlink: Lot 544 – Rolex Ref 1665 – The Single Red Prototype – Patent Pending – 500M-1650FT – One Of Six Known (Antiquorum)

Watch collectors know a factor or two and had been conscious that this watch was outdoors the standard case quantity vary for a Single Red Sea-Dweller. Luckily, Antiquorum was not in a position to unload this factor on some poor sap searching for an funding alternative. The watch remained unsold. So far so good.

The similar watch reappeared at an Antiquorum on-line public sale in December 2018, this time with a lot of footage exhibiting attention-grabbing particulars just like the motion and the clasp. Since mid 2017, I had performed a critical investigatios into the early fashions of the Rolex Sea-Dweller and I got here to understand the caliber 1575 with motion serial quantity D829517 was not from 1967 however from a lot later.

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Caliber 1575 with serial quantity D829517 in pristine situation

Although marked 1570, the calibers used for the primary Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 had been truly caliber 1575 which was the date model of caliber 1570.

A detailed-up of the Single Red dial revealed a substantial quantity of blisters throughout the sting and within the space across the date window that are typical indicators for a water harm. The dial situation didn’t match the remainder of the watch, particularly not that of the pristine 1575 caliber. In addition, the fingers had an unnatural patina and seemed like they’d been repainted.

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Damaged Single Red Sea-Dweller dial

Fake Rolex. The motion primary plate beneath the dial confirmed slight floor corrosion which is sort of frequent and utterly unrelated to water harm. This is common contact corrosion that occured between the plated brass of the motion primary plate and the chrome steel of the case. Tool marks can been seen as effectively. This kind of corrosion may be discovered on Rolex Sea-Dwellers with completely well-preserved dials.

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Rolex Double Red Sea-Dweller Mk4 dial aka DRSD

Fake Rolex. Another element that didn’t add up was the Pat. Pend. (Patent Pending) diver extension on a clasp which bore the date stamp 4-71, indicating a manufacturing within the fourth quarter of 1971. This mixture is unprecedented.

Rare Patent Pending diver extension

The patent for the diver extension belonged to the Swiss

bracelet producer Gay Frères and was granted in July 1970 (US3521331). Once the patent was obtained, Gay Frères stopped making use of the Pat. Pend. designation. All clasps with diver extension constituted of the third quarter of 1970 (3-70) onwards bore the misspelled designation Pateted (Patented). The bracelet in query shouldn’t be authentic on this configuation and was pieced collectively to assist the prototype story.

Rolex clasp with date stamp 4-71

Link to patent: Clasp for a metallic bracelet (Google Patents)

Fake Rolex. At the time, the watch appeared prefer it had been pieced collectively from unfastened components.

Prior to the public sale, I revealed an article to warn in regards to the pretend Single Red Sea-Dweller and different problematic items. This was already the third or fourth article I felt compelled to write down in 2018 to level out points with a wide range of watches arising at Antiquorum. After my first Antiquorum publicity which came about in late March 2018, one thing very attention-grabbing occurred. Instagram trolls talking on Antiquorum’s behalf began attacking me. These hostilities quickly become vicious makes an attempt at legal defamation and character assasination and continued all all through 2018 and 2019. I didn’t observe the December 2018 public sale nevertheless it seems the pretend Single Red Sea-Dweller offered regardless of my warnings. The trolls took to Instagram and declared victory. My opinions, so their declare, had zero weight within the classic watch world.

Read extra: Caution! More pretend and made-up stuff from Antiquorum

A number of days later, Antiquorum made the next Instagram put up to have a good time the sale of Lot 274. At the time, HKD 3,400,00 had been the equal of round USD 435,000. Quite a sum for a pretend prototype.

Screenshot from Antiquorum’s Instagram

Link to put up: Sold at out first on-line reside public sale – Lot 274 (Instagram)

Fake Rolex. Interestingly, the itemizing on the Antiquorum web site by no means acknowledged the watch as offered.

Today, Lot 274 has disappeared from the public sale overview web page and the itemizing can’t be discovered by typing the case quantity into the search field. The itemizing itself, nevertheless, continues to be accessible by way of a direct hyperlink.

Auction hyperlink: Lot 274 – Rolex, Ref 1665, Sea-Dweller, Steel, The Single Red Prototype (Antiquorum)

Was the watch offered? Either it was offered and the client retracted from the deal after changing into conscious what the watch was all about, or, the entire thing was a sham from the very starting and the bids weren’t actual.

Fake Rolex. Why The Watch Is Not Ok

Sea-Dwellers from the 1.7 million case quantity vary had been assembled and retrofitted with a valve from late 1970 onwards, at a time when Rolex case numbers had already reached 2.6 million. What sounds illogical at first, is a truth confirmed not solely by motion serial numbers but additionally by different essential particulars like later Double Red dials (DRSD) and casebacks referring to the patented gasoline escape valve (after June 1970) versus the pending patent (Patent Pending). Some of those watches remained valve-less, that means the valve was not retrofitted. The purpose for this pecularity is unknown however the motion serial numbers of those watches are proof they’re not at all early prototypes as typically claimed.

Fake Rolex. The watch in query

is surely one in every of these valve-less Sea-Dwellers from late 1970 and there may be completely no method it left the Rolex manufacturing unit with a prototype Single Red dial from 1967. The quite a few blisters and the distinct “runny” lume on the dial inform the story.

Here is what occurred.

When one of many Single Red Sea-Dwellers from the 1.6 million case quantity vary suffered a water harm, the dial was changed. An ideal instance for that is Philippe Cousteau’s early Sea-Dweller with Double Red Mk1 dial. Somehow, the water broken dial ended up with a real genius of a watch supplier who thought it might be a good suggestion to marry a valve-less Sea-Dweller with the Single Red dial to create the phantasm of an early prototype. The made-up bracelet was thrown in to bolster the grift. A more in-depth have a look at the timeline makes the entire above crystal-clear.

1967

Fake Rolex. The very first 40 Rolex Sea-Dwellers featured Single Red dials and bore 1.6 million case numbers. They had been produced between April and June 1967. The manufacturing interval is documented on the within of the casebacks with the date stamp II.67 (second quarter 1967). These watches had been merely Uber Submariners with an elevated depth score of 1650ft/500m. At the time of manufacturing, Rolex had not but obtained the thought for the helium launch valve. These early examples had been made for the U.S. Navy SEALAB 3 experiment that was scheduled for October 1967. Once manufactured, the 40 watches had been imported to the United States by way of Rolex USA in New York to be handed out to the American Aquanauts. Due to the complexity of the experiment, nevertheless, SEALAB 3 was postponed for one yr.

Early Single Red Sea-Dweller with out helium launch valve

Nevertheless, Rolex began the serial manufacturing of the Sea-Dweller in early fall 1967.

The casebacks had been stamped IV.67 (fourth quarter 1967). In mid October 1967, an archeological diver named T. Walker Lloyd approached Rolex with info the Genevean firm had by no means heard of. During decompression from extended saturation dives of 14 and extra days (e.g. SEALAB 2), diving watches had been apt to blow up on account of helium built-up on the within of the circumstances. Mr. Lloyd grew to become conscious of the problems by way of SEALAB Aquanaut Bob Barth who had already urged a easy but sensible treatment for this downside. A one-way helium valve.

Rolex director André Heiniger was so captivated by Mr. Lloyd, he instantly employed him as an Oceanographic Consultant. On November 6, 1967, Rolex filed a patent utility with the Swiss Patent Office to safe the thought.

Patent drawing CH492246

As described within the patent, helium doesn’t enter a watch shortly.

It takes a number of days of publicity to a pressurized helium environment.

En effet, on a constaté que, quelles que soient les qualités d’étachéité des boîtes de montres réalisées jusqu’a ce jour, lorsqu’elles sont soumis pendant des durées relativement longues, de l’ordre de plusieurs centaines d’heures, à des pressions relativement fortes, de l’ordre des plusieurs dizaines d’atmostphères, et specialment lorsque l’atmosphère ambiente est faite d’un gaz à molécules de petite dimensions, comme c’est le cas de l’hélium par instance, qu’on utilise fréquemment dans les cloches de plongée, la pression à l’intérieur de la boîte finit par s’équilibrer avec la pression ambiente.

Translation: In truth, it has been noticed that, regardless of the qualities of the watertightness of the watch circumstances produced so far, when they’re subjected for comparatively lengthy intervals, on a scale of a number of hundred hours, to comparatively robust pressures, on a scale of a number of tens of atmospheres, and particularly when the ambient environment is product of a gasoline with small molecules, as is the case with helium for instance, that often utilized in diving bells, the strain contained in the field finally equilibrates with the ambient strain.

Link to patent: Montre étanche (CH492246)

Since SEALAB 3 had been postponed to late 1968, there was no fast likelihood to check the valve beneath actual life circumstances and the undertaking was procrastinated. The following desk lists a very powerful traits of the 40 preliminary Rolex Single Red Sea-Dwellers from the very first batch.

Rolex Single Red Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665

Assembled Case quantity Dial Helium Valve Caseback Cal. serial
Q2 1967 1602913 SRSD No II.67 D73158
Q2 1967 160291X SRSD No II.67 6414X
Q2 1967 1602926 DRSD Mk1 (repl.) No II.67 D69145
Single Red Sea-Dweller caseback from the first batch with II.67 date stamp
Single Red Sea-Dweller caseback from the primary batch with II.67 date stamp

1968

Fake Rolex. In early March 1968, an rising French diving agency named Comex (Compangie Maritime d’Expertises) made the information after they set a depth file of 1100ft/335m in a strain chamber in Marseille, France. This achievement was made doable due to the pioneering work of Dr. Ralph Werner Brauer, a German born American physiologist and main hyperbaric researcher who had carried out the experiments on himself. Brauer was a daredevil. An much more daring experiment named Hydra was deliberate for May 1968. Brauer himself would descend beneath 1000ft/300m within the open sea to check a brand new gasoline combination consisiting of extremely explosive hydrogen gasoline.

Rolex needed to get on board however competitor Omega had already partnered up with Comex. Their purpose? To create the ultimative saturation dive watch, the so-called Ploprof (Plongeur Professionnel = skilled diver). The U.S. Navy was not the benchmark in saturation diving however non-public corporations like Comex with limitless funds from the oil trade and the willingness to take higher dangers. Suddenly, Rolex noticed themselves beneath large strain as they’d already misplaced the race to house in opposition to Omega and wanted to achieve this new race to the interior house in the event that they needed to remain related.

Since Dr. Brauer was a professor on the University of North Carolina

and due to this fact not sure to Comex’s contract with Omega, Rolex approached him whereas he was in Marseille and gave him the very first Sea-Dweller valve-prototype for testing within the upcoming dives. Brauer’s watch featured the exact same Single Red Sea-Dweller dial as the primary Sea-Dweller batch from the 1.6 million case quantity vary however because it had been manufactured in early 1968, its case quantity was 1820177. While Brauer’s watch labored flawlessly, the testing was not conclusive because the watch was by no means uncovered to helium for a number of tons of of hours as it might have been the case in a underwater habitat like SEALAB 3.

Dr. Ralph W. Brauer's Single Red Sea-Dweller with case number 1820177
Dr. Ralph W. Brauer’s Single Red Sea-Dweller with case quantity 1820177

Compared to the 1.6 and 1.7 million circumstances,

Brauer’s watch has a barely thicker case to comfortably accomodate the valve. While its motion serial quantity matches these of the primary Sea-Dweller batch, the caseback options the date stamp IV.67 as Rolex used one from the 1.7 million case manufacturing which had began in late 1967. 1820177 is a case quantity from 1968. Other Rolex fashions (e.g. Ref. 1675) from the 1.8 million case quantity vary have casebacks with I.68 date stamp. An essential element of Dr. Brauer’s watch is the hand-applied Oyster Gas Escape Valve – Patent Pending designation on its caseback.

Patent Pending caseback of 1820177
Patent Pending caseback of 1820177 (Photo: John Goldberger)

Rolex Single Red Sea-Dweller Dr. Brauer Ref. 1665

Assembled Case quantity Dial Helium Valve Caseback Cal. serial
Q1 1968 1820177 SRSD Yes IV.67 (PP) D69043

Read extra: The Sea-Dweller Chronicles: Genesis of the decompressing Watch

In fall 1968, Rolex USA retrofitted the helium valve to a few of the 40 Single Red Sea-Dwellers from the 1.6 million case quantity vary that had been sitting in New York since mid 1967. Subsequently, these watches had been introduced to SEALAB 3 Aquanauts to be examined through the upcoming experiment in a depth 600ft/182m. Due to a collection of technical failures, nevertheless, SEALAB 3 was once more postponed and will solely happen in mid February 1969. During the arrange of the habitat after it had been lowered to the underside, Aquanaut Berry L. Cannon died because of a defective respiration equipment and the experiment was deserted. Once once more, Rolex was denied a correct testing.

1.6 million Single Red Sea-Dweller with retrofitted valve and Patent Pending caseback
1.6 million Single Red Sea-Dweller with retrofitted valve and Patent Pending caseback (Photo: John Goldberger)

1.6 million Sea-Dwellers with a retrofitted valve have related traits as non-valve watches, apart from a later caseback with date stamp IV.67 and Patent Pending engravings on the skin.

Rolex Single Red Sea-Dweller With Retrofitted Valve Ref. 1665

Assembled Case quantity Dial Helium Valve Caseback Cal. serial
mod. Q3/4 1968 160291X SRSD Yes (retrofitted) IV.67 (PP) D72XXX
mod. Q3/4 1968 1602922 SRSD Yes (retrofitted) IV.67 (PP) D71617
mod. Q3/4 1968 1602931 SRSD Yes (retrofitted) IV.67 (PP) D69145

1969

Fake Rolex. All all through 1967/68 and independently from SEALAB 3, the U.S. Navy had developed a classy Deep Diving System (DDC). Although SEALAB 3 had led to a catastrophe, saturation diving itself was now absolutely established. With the DDC in place, the divers had been not required to reside in an underwater habitat on the darkish backside of the ocean the place they needed to cook dinner their very own meals, and so on. Now, the divers might reside and sleep throughout the entire length of their mission aboard a diving assist vessel in a snug Deck Decompression Chamber (DDC). To do the precise work at depth, the lads had been lowered to the underside in a pressurized Personnel Transfer Capsule (PTC) and returned to their protected floor habitat after ending their shift.

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U.S. Navy Deep Diving System Mk1 (DDS)

Fake Rolex. In 1969, Rolex produced 300 new Sea-Dweller prototypes

(in three batches of 100) based mostly on Brauer’s barely thicker prototype. The depth score was elevated 2000ft/610m to compete with Omega’s upcoming Seamaster 600 Ploprof. Many of those watches had been introduced to U.S. Navy divers to acquire extra conclusive take a look at outcomes. The new dial featured now two strains of purple writing and is understood amongst collectors as Double Red (DRSD). Since the patent for the valve was nonetheless in course of, the caseback bore the comment Patent Pending.

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Double Red Mk 1 Sea-Dweller made in 1969

Fake Rolex. The first two batches had been made within the second quarter of 1969. Although the case quantity vary is barely completely different, each batches had been assembled in a single go as urged by the very related motion serial numbers. The date stamp on the casebacks is IV.67 which frequently leads fans and even public sale homes to imagine these watches had been made in 1967. The purpose for this discrepancy is straightforward. Rolex produced numerous casebacks in late 1967 and used them for all batches as much as the two.9 million case quantity vary. Other Rolex fashions with related case numbers, e.g. Ref. 1680, have casebacks with date stamp II.69 (second quarter of 1969).

First batch Rolex Double Red Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665

Assembled Case quantity Dial Helium Valve Caseback Cal. serial
Q2 1969 2117410 DRSD Mk 1 Yes IV.67 (PP) D397445
Q2 1969 2117471 DRSD Mk 1 Yes IV.67 (PP) D362707
Q2 1969 2117475 DRSD Mk 1 Yes IV.67 (PP) D394669

Second ROLEX DOUBLE RED SEA-DWELLER batch Ref. 1665

Assembled Case quantity Dial Helium Valve Caseback Cal. serial
Q2 1969 2128245 DRSD Mk 1 Yes IV.67 (PP) D390518
Q2 1969 2128269 DRSD Mk 1 Yes IV.67 (PP) D363266
Q2 1969 2128275 DRSD Mk 1 Yes IV.67 (PP) D377731

Fake Rolex. An straightforward solution to decide the manufacturing interval of the above listed Sea-Dweller batches is to check the watches to different Rolex fashions that featured the identical actions. In 1969, Rolex launched the manufacturing of a brand new Rolex Submariner mannequin with date complication that’s recognized amongst collectors as Red Submariner Date Ref. 1680. This mannequin was geared up with the exact same Cal. 1575 because the Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665. The Cal. 1575 was the date model of Cal. 1570. Interestingly, there are Ref. 1680 watches with very related case numbers as the 2 aforementioned Sea-Dweller siblings. The motion serial numbers are nearly similar as effectively. The casebacks of those Submariner Date fashions bear the date stamp II.69 (second quarter of 1969).

Assembled Case quantity Dial Caseback Cal. serial
Q2 1969 2104638 Red Mk 1 II.69 D362378
Q2 1969 21XXXXX Red Mk 1 II.69 D378773
Q2 1969 2154167 Red Mk 1 II.69 D361740

Third batch ROLEX DOUBLE RED SEA-DWELLER Ref. 1665

Assembled Case quantity Dial Helium Valve Caseback cal. serial
Q3 1969 2247966 DRSD Mk 2 Yes IV.67 (PP) D548691
Q3 1969 2247986 DRSD Mk 2 Yes IV.67 (PP) D547409
Q3 1969 2247995 DRSD Mk 2 Yes IV.67 (PP) D549761

Fake Rolex. A comparability of the third Double Red Sea-Dweller batch with Red Submariner Date Ref. 1680 fashions made within the second half of 1969 reveals they’ve barely decrease motion serial numbers.

Assembled Case quantity Dial Caseback CAL. SERIAL
Q3 1969 2241069 Red Mk 2 III.69 D510507
Q3 1969 2241098 Red Mk 1 III.69 D423325
Q3 1969 2241171 Red Mk 2 III.69 D432752

1970

Fake Rolex. In 1970, Rolex continued handy out Double Red Sea-Dweller prototypes from the 1969 manufacturing to U.S. Navy divers for testing functions. One explicit take a look at was of particular significance. It came about on June 22, 1970 on the Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU) in Washington DC and resulted in an publicity to a helium environment for a complete of 28 days.

The Swiss Patent

Office had simply granted Rolex the patent for the helium launch valve (CH492246) on June 15, 1970 and the Sea-Dweller was now able to be launched to most people. The earliest commercials had been revealed in mid November 1970 within the United States. Rolex had nonetheless plenty of unused prototypes from the 1969 manufacturing and loaned them to skilled divers in return for take a look at reviews. Around the identical time, Rolex manufactured the two.6 million Sea-Dwellers and retrofitted the valve to the 1.7 million circumstances that had been mendacity round since late 1967.

2.6 million Rolex Double Red SEA-DWELLER Ref. 1665

Assembled Case quantity Dial Helium Valve Caseback Cal. serial
This autumn 1970 2665630 DRSD Mk 2 Yes IV.67 (P) D804035
This autumn 1970 2665650 DRSD Mk 2 Yes IV.67 (P) D832967
This autumn 1970 2665706 DRSD Mk 2 Yes IV.67 (P) D837993

Fake Rolex. A comparability of the motion serial numbers from 2.6 million batch with the serial numbers of the 1.7 million Sea-Dwellers with out valve reveals that the numbers are in shut proximity. There may be little doubt these watches had been assembled in the identical time frame.

1.7 million Non-Valve ROLEX SEA-DWELLER Ref. 1665

Assembled Case quantity Dial Helium Valve Caseback Cal. serial
This autumn 1970 1719767 DRSD Mk1 No IV.67 D803643
This autumn 1970 1719770 DRSD Mk0 No IV.67 n.a.
This autumn 1970 1719785 DRSD Mk1 No IV.67 D831617
This autumn 1970 1719786 Red Sub Mk1 No IV.67 D796549
This autumn 1970 1719787 DRSD Mk1 No IV.67 D233564 (repl.)
This autumn 1970 1721685 DRSD Mk2 No IV.67 D834144
This autumn 1970 1759659 SRSD No IV.67 D829517
This autumn 1970 1759666 DRSD Mk1 No IV.67 D82XXXX

It attention-grabbing to notice that these non-valve Sea-Dwellers are inconsistent amongst one another relating to their dials. From a manufacturing standpoint this makes little sense. Given the interval of meeting it’s doubtless that the majority of those watches had been altered prior to now 20 years to create the phantasm of early prototypes. The solely instance which in my view remained untouched with its authentic DRSD Mk2 dial is 1721685, a watch that was offered on November 19, 1971. Only the DRSD Mk2 dial is interval appropriate for this kind of watch.

Auction hyperlink: Rolex Sea-Dweller, No Valve, Double Red, 1721685 (Kaplans Auctioneer)

A comparability with Rolex Red Submariner Date Ref. 1680 fashions from the two.6 million vary reveals the motion numbers are once more very related. The date stamp on these watches is IV.70 (fourth quarter of 1970).

Assembled Case quantity Dial Caseback Cal. serial
This autumn 1970 2636209 Red Mk4 IV.70 D777765
This autumn 1970 269XXXX Red Mk4 IV.70 D837490
This autumn 1970 2694546 Red Mk4 IV.70 D831610

Some 1.7 million Sea-Dwellers that includes a retrofitted valve have barely larger motion serial numbers which is a sign they had been assembled within the first half of 1971 and later.

1.7 million Valve ROLEX SEA-DWELLER Ref. 1665

Assembled Case quantity Dial Helium Valve Caseback Cal. serial
Q1 1971 1719764 DRSD Mk2 Yes (retrofitted) IV.67 (P) D999902
Q1 1971 1758323 DRSD Mk2 Yes (retrofitted) IV.67 (P) D986520
Q1 1971 1760323 DRSD Mk2 Yes (retrofitted) IV.67 (P) D991828

The desk beneath lists attribute Sea-Dwellers

from every batch made till early 1972 of their appropriate chronology. This overview makes seen how as soon as the helium valve patent was granted in June 1970, Rolex modified the caseback designation from Patent Pending (PP) to Patented (P).

Assembled Case quantity Dial Helium valve Caseback Cal. serial
Q2 1967 1602913 SRSD No II.67 D73158 (ROW)
Q1 1968 1820177 SRSD Yes IV.67 (PP) D69043
mod. Q3 1968 1602922 SRSD Yes (retrofitted) IV.67 (PP) D71617 (ROW)
Q2 1969 2117410 DRSD Mk1 Yes IV.67 (PP) D397445
Q2 1969 2128245 DRSD Mk1 Yes IV.67 (PP) D390518
Q3 1969 2247966 DRSD Mk2 Yes IV.67 (PP) D548691
June 15, 1970 Patent granted
This autumn 1970 2665650 DRSD Mk 2 Yes IV.67 (P) D832967
This autumn 1970 1721685 DRSD Mk2 No IV.67 D834144
Q1 1971 1758323 DRSD Mk2 Yes (retrofitted) IV.67 (P) D986520
Q3 1971 2926856 DRSD Mk2 Yes IV.67 (P) D013067
Q1 1972 30663XX DRSD Mk2 Yes I.72 (P) D2023XX

The motion serial numbers of Cal. 1570/75 reached 1 million within the third quarter of 1971 and began over from zero. Movements made after the reset are straightforward identifiable by their barely redesigned stability cock. Some Sea-Dwellers made between 1967 and 1972 function motion serial numbers that differ from the above listed vary. In such circumstances it may be assumed the actions had been changed or the watches had been assembled after 1971. In early 1972, Rolex created a brand new model of the Sea-Dweller with a thicker case however the reference quantity 1665 remained the identical. These new fashions bore the information stamp I.72 (first quarter of 1972).

Fake Rolex. Thoughts

This case illustrates fantastically how many of the mainstream watch media shops function today. Watch blogs like Monochrome are extra focussed on creating worthwhile relationships with watch manufacturers and sellers than on offering well-researched and significant content material for his or her readers. Disguised as unbiased information shops run by fans, these blogs are nothing however leasable megaphones for the watch trade. The readers are secondary on this scheme, mere numbers – typically blown up – one thing to brag about within the presence of promoting administrators.

Fake Rolex. When I reached out to Frank Geelen to ask for the elimination of their deceptive article, he mentioned he is aware of “shit about previous Rolex” and that he needs to maintain it that method. Judging by the content material he has produced to this point, it actually seems like his data on this subject is extraordinarily restricted. In March 2017 for example, Geelen wrote an article for The Hour Glass through which he claimed the helium launch valve was developed in collaboration with Comex and that the Rolex 5514 made for Comex – a mannequin produced from 1974 onwards – was the prototype for the Sea-Dweller. Both these claims are utter and full nonsense and had been debunked very long time in the past. The million-dollar query is, why does Geelen maintain littering the web together with his doubtful and extremely inaccurate content material?

In regard of the pretend Single Red Sea-Dweller article, Geelen admited:

“The vendor advised me the story as it’s within the article.” What a journalistic masterpiece certainly! These blogs have zero sense of responsability in direction of readers and couldn’t care much less whether or not the revealed info is appropriate or not. The article reads like a gross sales advert and positively smells like paid content material however Geelen denies having been remunerated. That shouldn’t be how he works, he mentioned. To today, the article continues to be on-line and no caveats had been added despite the fact that Geelen obtained the entire above info a very long time in the past. It is fairly clear who Geelen’s loyalty belongs to.

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History Of The Rolex Sea-Dweller

The growth of the Rolex Sea-Dweller goes hand in hand with man’s persistence to push the boundries and attain by no means earlier than thought doable depths. The following infographic reveals the evolution of the Sea-Dweller in its historic context.

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  • Regular small, 120cm x 68cm (47 x 26 inch): EUR xx.00 (plus transport)
  • Regular, 150cm x 85cm (59 x 33 inch): EUR xxx.00 (plus transport)

Limited: 50 items, numbered and signed by Bob Barth, the legendary US Navy Aquanaut who pioneered saturation diving through the well-known SEALAB missions. Bob developed the thought for the Rolex Gas Escape Valve: Sold out

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