In today’s video, Fratello senior editor Lex Stolk takes a deep-dive into the Rolex Sea-Dweller. The story dates all the way back to 1967 with the Sea-Dweller reference 1665 with a “Double Red” dial. Where the Submariner was water resistant to 200 meters, the Sea-Dweller could survive depts of 610 meters. It changed in 1978 when Rolex introduced the ref. 16660 “Triple Six,” allowing the wearer to go as deep as 1220 meters. Lex talks about all the Sea-Dweller models up to the 126600 (and 126603), except the Deepsea models.

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Rolex Sea-Dweller 1665 & 16600

Lex’s favorites are the first Sea-Dweller (ref. 1665) and the later reference 16600. The original Sea-Dweller from 1967 is simply magic, and the reference 16600 is the last one with an aluminum bezel and tritium dial & hands (and since 1998, these were applied with Super-LumiNova). Later ones are all technically more advanced and more resistant (ceramic bezel and a higher quality folding clasp), it’s the earlier ones that Lex prefers.

What about you? What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.

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