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8ball
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Message par 8ball le Ven 25 Jan 2013, 01:43

Vous vous souvenez peut-être de la Sea-Dweller Single Red vendue par Antiquorum il y a 2 mois ... et de son prix record.

http://montresmecaniques.forumactif.com/t6977-la-sea-dweller-la-plus-chere-du-monde

J'attendais le rapport de gestion de l'ami Paramico pour voir si le fonds d'investissement Precious Time était l'enchérisseur victorieux pour cette montre extrêmement rare.

Et voilà que dans le rapport de gestion de décembre, je lis :

Paramico a écrit:Dans ce contexte, Precious Time a poursuivi sa stratégie axée sur des montres particulières et d’une extrême rareté, en se portant acquéreur d’une Rolex réf. 1665 Sea Dweller. Nul doute que ses caractéristiques pourraient ouvrir une nouvelle frontière d’exploration pour ce modèle qui a marqué l’Histoire de la maison Rolex, laquelle est intimement liée à la recherche scientifique. Il s’agit d’un modèle produit en 1967 sans soupape à hélium, doté d’un cadran très rare avec inscription en lettres rouges (connu sous l’appellation anglaise «Single Red Sea-Dweller»). Ce modèle fait partie d’un lot de production de boîtiers qui était demeuré, jusqu’alors, inconnu des experts Rolex du monde entier.

1967 ... même année !!
cadran très rare avec inscription en lettres rouges (connu sous l’appellation anglaise «Single Red Sea-Dweller») ... même cadran !!

Mais ...

sans soupape à hélium ... il ne s'agit donc pas de la même montre. Encore plus rare : La Sea Dweller "Single Red & No Valve" ! Suspect

Malheureusement, il n'y a pas de photo de cette montre dans le rapport. Paramico a préféré illustrer son propos avec une Day Date d'Oman.

Etonnant, non ? What a Face
DrStrong
DrStrong

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Message par DrStrong le Ven 25 Jan 2013, 13:18

Je crois que la single red sans valve a été vendue par Kamal il y a quelques années, non sans faire débat.
DrStrong
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Message par DrStrong le Ven 25 Jan 2013, 13:21

A propos des SeaDweller Single Red V187b

Robert Palmer Bradley's Rolex Prototype Single Red Seadweller

Model No.: 1665 Circa 1967 Without Gas Escape Valve

Rare Prototype and Unique Rolex Stainless Steel Single Red Seadweller, thin case and without Gas valve. This is the first Rolex Seadweller to have been produced by Rolex Geneva, and presented to a diver of great distinction.

I have seen 2 other Rolex Seadwellers without Gas Valves, but both have had the dials replaced, are of higher serial numbers, and do not have any provenance.

The existence of the Single Red Seadweller with gas valve has been well catalogued by BJSOnline so with this discovery we all move to a new level of learning and questions. Questions and Answers will have to wait till I have finished the update to the Rolex Seadweller Article.

This is without doubt a very important discovery, and the history of the Rolex Seadweller will now have to be re-written as a result. What makes a watch important? Being Unique and having historic Provenances, these two factors in combination makes a watch important and museum quality.

Provenance is the key!

Robert Palmer Bradley (Bob to his friends) was a legendary diver, a very popular and focused man.

This Unique Rolex Seadweller was presented to Robert Palmer Bradley in November 1968 at the Kona Kai Club in San Diego, California. It was for the 500th Anniversary dive of the research Submersible DEEPSTAR 4000 owned by Westinghouse. Rolex has an advert showing The DEEPSTAR 4000 and Robert Palmer Bradley is one of the divers in the picture.

Robert Palmer Bradley became a submersible pilot after a forced retirement (due to injury) from the US Navy as a fighter pilot. In June 1969 he accepted a job as a pilot of the Submersible Pisces in Vancouver BC, and a few years later with International Hydrodrynamics, he built the Sea Otter and started his own company named The Artic Marine. In many projects he worked closely with Jacques Cousteau, and they were close friends.

Robert Palmer Bradley lost his life November 28th 1973 in a diving accident near Kitmat, BC. This was the first dive since being presented The Rolex Seadweller that he was not wearing it. The watch was being serviced!!

Robert Palmer Bradley loved Rolex Dive watches, and his collection included many James Bond Submariners. He was surely a man ahead of his time. His Collection was passed down to his sons who for the last 30 years have worn and treasured the watches on a daily basis.

The Rolex Seadweller was inherited by one of his sons Chris Bradley.

The Writer, Mr R. Frank Busby of Arlington Virginia, dedicated his book, Manned Submersibles-Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy to Robert Palmer Bradley. He wrote the following:

"Had I the chance to peel away the years and once again decide which path to follow, it would be towards the sea. I would do this for two reasons: Because it is the most intriguing subject and the most intriguing people are met on and under its surface. Bob Bradley was, what I can only call a delight and a rare privilege to know him."

"He possessed a sharp, sly sense of humor, a pioneer's sense of adventure and displayed a scholar's interest in the oceans. Naval Aviator, commercial diver, submersible pilot and graduate in marine biology are not credentials one would expect from a son of the prairies. But in a quiet, certain, almost casual manner, Bob dealt as easily with the deep oceans as he would have the wheatfields of his native Kansas."

"I miss him, so do the other friends he left. In a very real sense, an early pioneer of the deep oceans, William Beebe, described our loss":

"When the last individual of a race of living things breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again".
8ball
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Message par 8ball le Ven 25 Jan 2013, 22:26

Un grand merci Doc pour toutes ces infos ! Très fort !
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