This year is the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Sea-Dweller, and it’s definitely not going unnoticed. At Baselworld we had the debut of the new Sea-Dweller, with it’s single line of red text on the dial and the controversial Cyclops magnifier over the date window. Ben went on to review the watch in this A Week On The Wrist(spoiler alert it’s complicated). It’s hard to talk about the new Sea-Dweller without looking back at its history though, considering the original watches that inspired the current incarnation.
One of the most elusive and rare Sea-Dwellers is the so-called “Single Red.” They rarely come up for sale and sell for crazy prices when they do. Different dealers and collectors will tell you different total numbers anywhere from five to 20 but Jose at Perezcope has found 12 examples and compiled 11 of them in an in-depth study of the idiosyncratic dive watch. It’s a pleasantly nerdy look at one of the rarest Rolexes of all time.