Rolex Sea-Dweller Ref. 16600 - Tritium
The Sea-Dweller ref. 1665 first debuted circa 1967 and was designed for use during saturation diving. Designed for people who needed something more robust than what a Submariner can offer. Of course, as we know sometimes the earliest generation does not end up being the icon.
The key differentiator between a SeaDweller and Submariner, is that the SD always has a helium escape valve on the side, and usually a higher domed crystal with no cyclops magnifier. This - overall - created a much cleaner look.
This present 16600 model was the 1665's replacement in 1978, and marks an interesting time for Rolex. At the time, Rolex was starting to straddle the line between the original ‘serious tool watch’ designs that Rolex intended for, and a high-cost luxury goods item. The matte dials gave way to these high gloss dials which feature plots of lume surrounded by white gold, very luxurious! Since today you can purchase a Sea-Dweller in 18K yellow gold & steel! - we all know which side won out between luxury and sport at the brand with the coronet! The overall condition of the present watch is outstanding with no signs of polishing - even retaining its original case back sticker. That is no small feat as these were truly purchased only by serious professionals who used them in underwater feats of engineering!
*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.
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