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FS: 1979 Rolex Sea-Dweller (Ref. 1665) MK I "Great White"

FS: 1979 Rolex Sea-Dweller (Ref. 1665) MK I "Great White"

Offered at $16,000 USD We are always open to offers and trades. Please feel free to contact us at or by calling (213) 293-0555

This specific example from 1979 preserves its era-correct MK I dial configuration which is the 2nd rarest dial configuration outside of the MK II dial for the Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref 1665. The MK I dial has the same font for the depth rating "2000ft= 610m" as the predecessor the Double Red Sea Dweller which displays non-italicized font. The later dial variants and or MK II, MKI II, & MK IV dials all display the depth rating in an italicized font.

This particular 1979 Sea-Dweller Ref.1665 also retains an original and charming "fat font" insert with correct long "5" which has taken on a stunning ghost like fade with hints of charcoal, blue, and anthracite. The elapsed minute indicators, markers, and numbers are clearly visible and legible and the insert even retains the original factory pearl at the 12 o'clock triangle which has taken on a wonderful caramel coloration.

Stock # RLXSD166579
Brand Rolex
Style Sea Dweller
Model 1665
Serial 62XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Black Matte (MK I)
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Nato Strap (Sand)


The case is sharp and the original Rolex lug beveling is clearly visible. This particular 1979 Sea-Dweller Ref.1665 also retains an original and beautiful "fat font" insert which has taken on a stunning matte fade with hints of blue, gray, and anthracite. The insert even retains the original factory pearl at the 12 o'clock triangle which has taken on a wonderful caramel ivory like coloration. The watch will be supplied on a Craft & Tailored premium Nato strap.


The MK I matte dial is in impeccable condition. The tritium lume markers have achieved a wonderful creamy ivory coloration and the original hands match the patina of the lume plots. When observed under U.V. light the aging within the hands and lume plots on the dial is very even and consistent of what is commonly seen in this era of Ref 1665. The original silver date disk displays the correct open 6 and 9's.


None. The watch just received a full and complete service and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty of accurate time keeping.

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