Up for grabs is a rare Rolex “Double Red” Seadweller, circa 1974. This example has a “Mark IV” (MK4) dial. These watches were designed for diving under extreme depths, and were thus fitted with a helium escape valve on the left-hand side of the case, which was used to release pressure as it built up under water. The earliest versions of these watches featured what is referred to as a “Double Red” dial, which features the first two lines of text in red on the lower portion of the dial, which would later be changed to white by Rolex.
This example is in great vintage condition. The case has been lightly polished in the past, with the original bevels still present and visible. The dial is perfect, with no wear, marks, scratches, etc. The original tritium lume is still present on both hands and dial, aged to a nice yellow color. The insert is original and period correct for this reference. The watch comes fitted on an original Rolex Oyster flip-lock 93150/580 bracelet, with 11 full links and almost no stretch.
However, what sets this particular example apart is the fact that the original owner kept almost every document as it related to the watch. Obviously a very meticulous person, included in the sale is the following: original inner and outer box, “punched” warranty certificate, dating the sale to September 12, 1977, the original sales receipt, Rolex booklets/brochures, various watch repair invoices and receipts, various appraisals, and post office slips from when the owner sent the watch out for repair.
A collector and completist’s dream, I do not think it will be easy to find such a complete DRSD, and in such excellent condition.