Congratulations to the owner of the PPDRSD which was previously owned by Philippe Cousteau. Sold by Antiquorum on September 30, 2014 in New York. The final sale price of $183,750.00 USD is expected due to its history.
The watch shows signs of wear which would be expected from a what its age that has been worn as a tool by Mr Cousteau. The case is a very early serial number and fall in the early prototypes. The dial is a desirable and rare mark I. The condition of the dial is somewhat disappointing due to its condition.
Provenance is king and this watch with incredible provenance is it.
PHILIPPE COUSTEAU'S (SON OF JACQUES COUSTEAU) SEA-DWELLER ROLEX REF. 1665 EARLY PATENT PENDING WITH DOUBLE RED MARK I DIAL STEEL Rolex, "Oyster Perpetual Date, Sea-Dweller, Submariner 2000, 2000 ft. = 610 m., Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified," case No. 1602920, Ref. 1665. Made in 1967. Fine and very rare, center seconds, self-winding, water-resistant, stainless steel diver's Chronometer wristwatch with double red Sea-Dweller logo, helium escape valve, date and a stainless steel Rolex Oyster Fliplock bracelet. Accompanied by six 8 x 10 color photos showing P. Cousteau prominently wearing the watch, a book "Diving Companions" by Jacques Cousteau and Philippe Diole, a red "Cousteau Crew" shirt, a 14 x 11" photo of the sailing yacht and a 14 x 11" photo "Philippe Cousteau at Sea.”