CASE DIAMETER: 40mm
CASE MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
BRACELET MATERIAL: STAINLESS STEEL
The ‘Great White’ version of the Sea-Dweller 1665, when unveiled, offered one noticeable modification compared to its predecessors: the addition of the conspicuous white 'Sea-Dweller' script on the dial, an attribute that earned the watch its 'Great White' sobriquet.
The MK1 variation is a distinguished member of the 1665 Sea-Dweller. It's the second of the 1665 lineage (yes there is a MK0, confusing we know) starting around the 5.1m serial mark and running to the early 6m serials, overlapping the MK2 and 3.
A watch bred for exploration; the watch doesn't shy away from touting its robust construction. The well proportioned 40mm stainless steel case, complete with a helium escape valve, is ready to face the most gruelling underwater exploits. The valve, an innovation pioneered by Rolex, was designed to allow helium to escape during decompression, thus preventing the crystal from popping off. It is, undoubtedly, one of the key elements that underscore the watch’s hardy character.
Now, this unpolished example isn't a stranger to the hands of time. The watch showcases ‘battle scars’ that speak of its ventures, not hidden but celebrated as markers of its rich life on the wrist. The bezel is our favourite feature, a subtle blue hue has formed over time giving this piece a unique look.
In the realm of Rolex, few models rival the desirability of the 'Great White' - a watch that, over the years, has acquired an aura of fascination and reverence among collectors and enthusiasts. It's a watch that epitomises the time when Rolex were pushing exploration-focused watches, a part of their lineage that continues to inspire their present and future endeavours.