What's beneath the glass!
18th May 2023
Watch surprises keep coming at Gardiner Houlgate and the sale on the 24th May 2023 is no different with some fine and rare timepieces going under the hammer.
The star lot of the sale is this very desirable Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 wristwatch (lot 50) known as the 'Double Red' dating from 1974, so approaching it's 50th anniversary. The 'Double Red' is one of the best-known variants and was produced from 1971 to 1977, featuring a 2000ft or 610m water resistance and “patent pending” caseback.
It was purchased by the current owner in 1976 in the Bahamas and comes complete with all the original packaging and documents which is very rare to find will certainly appeal to collectors. Okay, it has been well worn and requires a bracelet restoration, but once you get past the badly scratched glass you will unearth a wonderfully preserved dial.
The pre-sale estimate is £20,000-30,000
Rare Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Sea-Dweller 'Double Red' Submariner 2000 stainless steel gentleman's wristwatch, reference no. 1665, serial no. 3742xxx, circa 1974, black matt 'Swiss-T<25' dial with dot, baton and dagger markers, minute markers, date aperture and sweep centre seconds, Mercedes hands, black bi-directional rotating bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw-down Triplock crown with guards, cal. 1570 26 jewel movement, no. D780xxx, screw back engraved 'Rolex Patent Oyster Gas Escape Valve', Oyster bracelet with flip-lock clasp (no end links), 39.5mm bezel
** With the original box with outer cover, Chronometre certificate stamped the 'Ginza Freeport Bahamas' and dated June 24/76 with two 1665 stickers, tag, anchor, Submariner Triplock tag, booklet sleeve, the 'Ginza Freeport Bahamas' purchase receipt dated June 24 1976, Your Rolex Oyster booklet, 1976 calendar, translation leaflet, Rolex Submariner booklet