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Sea-Dweller MK1 Dial Stainless Steel 1665

  • £22,999
    RRP: This exact model has been discontinued by the manufacturer
  • AvailabilityIn Stock
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  • LocationUK
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  • Xupes Reference COM002869
  • Age Circa 1978
  • Condition Very Good  View More Details



    Item is in unworn or unused condition and there are no visible imperfections.


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    Very Good

    The item is in very good condition and shows one or two noticeable signs of wear or patina relative to its age.


    The item is in good pre-owned condition and shows some general signs of wear or patina relative to its age.


    The item is in fair pre-owned condition and shows overall wear or patina relative to its age.

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Product Details

  • Condition
  • Case Very Good - Some minor wear visible
  • Bezel Very Good - Some minor wear visible
  • Crown Good - Wear and marks may be visible
  • Dial Very Good - Some minor wear visible
  • Glass Very Good - Some minor wear visible
  • Bracelet Good - Wear and marks may be visible
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  • Xupes Reference COM002869
  • Manufacturer Rolex
  • Model Sea-Dweller
  • Model Reference 1665
  • Age Circa 1978
  • Gender Men's
  • Box & Papers Rolex Box, Manuals, Swing Tags & Cleaning Cloth
  • Dial Black Baton
  • Glass Plexiglass
  • Movement Automatic
  • Water Resistance To Manufacturers Specifications

    If you require the exact water resistance specification please contact us.

  • Case Stainless Steel
  • Buckle Material Stainless Steel Deployant
  • Strap Stainless Steel
  • Case Size 40mm
  • Strap Length Adjustable up to 18cm
  • Strap Width At Case - 20mm/At Buckle - 16mm
  • Warranty

    This second hand Rolex watch has been fully inspected in house and is covered by the 24 months Xupes warranty – please note this does not include accidental damage or negligence. Water resistance is only guaranteed in line with manufacturer's warranty.

  • Location UK

    If the item is in another country to the location you are enquiring, it will be available to view by appointment in 1-2 working days following your request

Our Opinion

Rolex Sea-dweller “Great White” MKI Dial Stainless Steel 1978 – Reference 1665

Offered here is a superb example of the Rolex Sea-dweller “Great White” with the highly sought-after MKI Dial reference 1665 manufactured circa 1978.

This example has the correct MKI dial for its 541---- serial number range. The reference 1665 Sea-dweller is a truly impressive vintage professional tool watch.

In 1977 the Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 1665 received an updated dial configuration. This new dial layout is sometimes referred to as the "Great White". This updated dial differs from the previous variants, as the dial states the model as "Sea-Dweller" and the writing "Submariner 2000" which was located below "Sea-Dweller" of previous models is now absent from the dial.
In addition, "Sea Dweller" is now in white text as opposed to red which was standard on all sea dweller dials since the model's first introduction in 1967.

This specific example from 1978 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 Sea-Dweller also retains its original "fat font" insert with the correct “long 5", it also has the original factory pearl at the 12 o'clock triangle which has taken on a wonderful off-white colour.

The overall condition of this vintage “Great White” Sea-dweller is very good. The case appears to have been very lightly polished in the past but retains strong equal lugs and crown guards along with the brushed finish to the top edges and chamfers remaining very well defined, the original bezel and insert have no dings or scratches and really compliment the overall appearance of this Sea-dweller. The matte black dial has taken on a slightly faded consistency and is in beautiful condition with no flaws, along with the tritium hour markers and hands that are matching in colour, though they no longer glow.

The Plexi glass is the correct and original Super Dome T39 profile, it is also free of any scratches or marks.

The watch comes on the correct type of Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet and 585 end links. The bracelet is stamped H advising it was manufactured slightly later but may well be original to the watch. The bracelet is showing only light wear and minor stretch.

This stunning “Great White” Sea-dweller is accompanied with its original Rolex inner and outer boxes, manuals, swing tag with the watch serial number, translation document, calendar card, document wallet with matching watch serial number and cleaning cloth.

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