Up for grabs is a Rolex Sea-Dweller
Correct batch for Patent Pending 2.1 serial number
This watch is fresh-to-market and recently discovered and bought from the original owner’s son. As we all know about these Paten Pending SD’s, these were either given by Rolex to military/divers or given as promotion watches to Rolex dealers to showcase the capabilities of the watch and help sell other Rolex models during this time. This is one of the watches that didn’t go to a NAVY diver to be used and abused, but rather made its way from a Rolex dealer “showroom piece” to a private school teacher in Virginia who taught the sons of the Rolex dealer at this time and was given a “deal” on this watch as it was a floor model. This explains the well preserved dial and no corrosion or pitting or any excessive wear on the case and caseback. When David Thomas, the original owner, got this watch, he has his name engraved on the back of it. Wearing it throughout the years this watch has only seen “desk diving”. As Mr. Thomas was getting older, he wasn’t wearing the watch any longer and eventually passed it down to Hunter Thomas, his son, around 2005-2006. Hunter, currently a Chief Information Officer working for the US Air Force, had the watch serviced when he received it. Unaware of its value, he went ahead and “upgraded” the original bracelet to a Rolex 93150 with correct Sea-Dweller 585 end-links. He also kept the tradition and added his name to the back of the watch, underneath his dad’s. He has been wearing this watch occasionally for the past 16 years or so but recently learned of its importance and value. He was able to find me through some common acquaintances in Virginia and I went up to see him and the watch, ultimately buying it and now being able to present to you. The watch comes with a letter from Hunter telling a brief history of it.
The case has been polished during the service, but still maintains thick and even lugs, a rarity for these PPDRSD’s. The numbers are clear with minimum bracelet wear. This also shows us that the watch wasn’t worn frequently or “hard”
The start of the show is the dial. An amazing MK1 with beautiful waffle lume correct for this batch of PPDRSD and in very well preserved condition. The lume often gets discolored and damaged due to moisture getting inside and we often times see the red color fade almost completely away on these. The color of red has turned a very attractive pink hue, all lume is clean and intact with creamy patina.
The caseback is original, patent pending signed, and all correct with matching last 3 digits of case serial number stamped inside.
Bezel insert is long 5 with a brown hue on it from age.
The bracelet is a Rolex 93150 with 585 ends in very tight condition with 2006 date code on clasp.
It is believed that Rolex only made about 150 of MK1 PPDRSD and this one survived the test of time remains in beautiful condition and ready to join an advanced vintage Rolex collection.
A copy of the letter from Hunter can be provided to the potential buyer to review. Just ask.