1974 Rolex Double Red 1665 Sea-Dweller - Pumpkin Dial
Description: The 1665 Double Red Sea-Dweller is more often talked about than seen. Like a mythical pirate ship, the moniker “Double-Red” is widely talked about in watch circles but few if any have ever seen one. Known to be the first 1665 variants, the double red refers to the two lines of red text that appear in the first lines of text on the bottom of the dial. The “Great white” 1665’s that came after the Double Red’s removed the red in lieu of all white text. These DRSD command a huge premium despite something as simple as different colored text. This 1665 in particular has a beautiful insert that is fading to show colors of blue hues.
The patina on the lume is an amazing pumpkin coloring that matches the hands very well. On the dial there is missing paint from the hash markers on the outer edge of the dial at 1, 8 and 9. This is actually a common phenomenon that happens with this generation of 1665 dials. The case has is extremely thick and even from the lugs to the crown-guards and appears unpolished with factory bevels still intact. This is a very sharp and excellent case.
Dial: Period Correct MK4 variant 1665 Dial
Insert: Fat font faded blue hue insert
Case: Excellent condition case that appears unpolished with factory bevels