The legendary Rolex diving watch surfaced at the Hôtel Drouot to the delight of sports watch fans.
Rolex, Comex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller no. 2049 in steel, automatic movement, rotating bezel with black painted aluminum insert, fluted crown and screwed caseback, ref. 1665, c. 1977, diam. 3.9 cm/1.5 in.
The Submariner, a Rolex diver's watch, was designed in 1953 to withstand the pressure of the deep. Many other models have been produced since the original, and the story continues. Sea Dweller ref. 1665, launched in 1967, is one of them, chiefly because more and more technical feats were needed to assist the professional divers of Comex in Marseille, whose survival depended on reliable equipment. This steel piece—equipped with an automatic movement, naturally—can go down to 600 meters thanks to its helium valve. This professional and safety instrument then became a collector's item, and its exploits are acclaimed at auction as well. This one, no. 2049, which belonged to the diver Henry P. and was sold with all his professional equipment, fetched €111,232.
Today, the Swiss watchmaking firm is continuing its research and in 2014, after decades of collaboration with professionals, unveiled the Deepsea with a D. Blue dial, paying tribute to the deepest solo descent in history, achieved by James Cameron in the Mariana Trench at some 11,000 meters. Deeply impressive!