PRE-OWNED AND USED ROLEX SEA-DWELLER WATCHES.
The Rolex Sea-Dweller, along with the Submariner, is one of the most recognisable and desirable watches in the world. The Rolex Sea-Dweller reference 1665 was released by Rolex in 1967. The general design was similar to the Rolex Submariner but the 1665 Sea-Dweller aka the 'Double Red' featured a date window at the 3 o'clock position and a helium escape value on the side of the case opposite the crown. The term 'Double Red' referred to the two lines of red text on the dial. Rolex released the Sea-Dweller 16660, 'Triple Six' in 1977 and featured a sapphire crystal and a larger case allowing for a greater depth rating of 1,220 meters. The 'Triple Six' was powered by the Rolex calibre 3035 automatic movement with quick set date feature. in 1988/9 the Rolex Sea-Dweller evolved into the 16600 with a movement upgrade to the calibre 3135. Later versions of the Rolex Sea-Dweller include the 116660 Deepsea Sea-Dweller, the 116600 Sea-Dweller 4000 and the current 126600 Sea-Dweller 43. Our collection of used Rolex Sea-Dweller watches caters for everyone’s tastes and budgets. If you’re ready to invest in a pre-owned Rolex Sea-Dweller, contact us today and we will be happy to answer any questions.
THE ROLEX SEA-DWELLER HISTORY
The Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 'Double Red' was released by Rolex 1967 as a result of a requirement for a dive watch with a greater depth rating than the Submariner. The 'Double Red' Sea-Dweller evolved into the 'Great White' when the text on the dial changed from red to white. The 1665 Sea-Dweller originally had a depth rating of 610 meters (2,000ft) but this increased to 1220 meters (4,000ft) with the Sea-Dweller 16660 'Triple Six' which was released in 1977. The 16660 boasted a sapphire crystal and an improved bracelet design. Early Sea-Dweller 16660's were fitted with matte dials with printed indexes and have become highly sought-after. The Rolex Sea-Dweller 16600 was released in 1998/9 and was almost identical to the previous 'Triple Six' Sea-Dweller. The 16600 also evolved over the years. Early examples were fitted with T25 tritium dials, in 1999 the Sea-Dweller could be found with a 'SWISS' only dial and from 2000 onwards all 16600 Sea-Dwellers were fitted with SWISS MADE dials with SuperLumiNova hour markers and hands. Production of the 16600 Sea-Dweller stopped in 2008 when Rolex released the 44mm Deepsea Sea-Dweller 116660. The depth rating of the 116660 increased to a massive 3,900 meters (12,800ft) which was achieved with the addition of a 5mm sapphire crystal, 44mm case with helium escape valve, and special 'Gas Escape Valve Ring Lock System'. Rolex reverted to the more traditional 40mm case design with the Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000, reference 116600 in 2014. This model was quickly discontinued and became the shortest-lived Sea-Dweller on Rolex's history. The current version of the Rolex Sea-Dweller in the 126600 SD43. Released in 2017 it features a 43mm case, sapphire crystal with magnification cyclops above the date window and a single line of red text on the dial. Want to know more about specific Rolex Sea-Dweller models such as the 1665 'Double Red', 16660 'Triple Six' or limited production 116600 Sea-Dweller 4000? We will be releasing in depth reviews on all your favourite Rolex Sea-Dweller models very soon.
BUYING A PRE-OWNED ROLEX SEA-DWELLER
Our collection of pre-owned Rolex Submariner watches include the 5513, 14060, 16610 and 116610. At Swiss Watch Trader we specialise in selling only the very best examples of the classic Rolex Submariner and unless there is a valid reason, ALL Submariners will include their original boxes and papers. When buying any Rolex Submariner you need to ensure you are getting the very best example for the very best price. You should always look for Submariners that are complete with their original inner and outer boxes, warranty certificate or card, manuals, hang tags and if possible original sales receipt. A 'Full Set' Submariner is always going to increase in value at a higher rate than an examples that are missing important items such as the original warranty certificate. It is also important to select a Rolex Submariner that is complete with the boxes and papers that were originally supplied with the watch. Manuals will always be date stamped and boxes are specific to certain models and years. Another important item that should be included is the green hang tag - especially for Submariners such as the 16610LV Kermit and 116610LV Hulk as this is the way to identify the watch as an LV rather than a standard LN. Want to know more about buying a pre-owned or used Rolex Submariner? We will be releasing an in depth guide very soon. Please get in touch if you have any questions about any of our new, used, pre-owned and second hand Rolex Submariner watches.
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