Rolex 1665 Navy Issue Pat Pending Sea-Dweller


 
Rolex ref. 1665 ‘PATENT PENDING Sea-Dweller’ was issued by Rolex for testing purposes to the delightful Chuck E Gross whilst serving in the US Navy in the late 1960s.

The following Rolex ref. 1665 ‘PATENT PENDING Sea-Dweller’ was issued by Rolex for testing purposes to the delightful Chuck E Gross whilst serving in the US Navy in the late 1960s.

Chuck very kindly provided to us along with his watch & documented provenance, his US Navy discharge papers, military diving patches, diving pins and a copy of an article for Research magazine in which he featured.

We will leave it to Chuck to describe in his own words.

‘In 1967 I joined the US Navy Experimental Diving Unit in Washington DC evaluating Saturation Diving Techniques. During this period I was presented with my Rolex Sea-Dweller for Operational & Comfort Testing in exchange for written reports on its performance during saturation dives to 600 & 750 ft, and wet testing using a research chamber to 1000FSW. I was awarded the watch on completion.

During my career I undertook the following dives accompanied by my Rolex Sea-Dweller

  • 1968 - Westinghouse Oceanic Division, Saturation Dive 600ft
  • 1969 - Duke University / US Navy, Saturation Dive 1000ft
  • 1970 - Vietnam, US Naval Forces
  • 1971-73 – Harbor Clearance Unit-One, Hawaii
  • 1973 - Aegir Habitat, Saturation Dive
  • 1974 - US Naval Deep Sea Diving School Instructor, Washington DC
  • 1975 - US Naval Medical Research Institute, Bethesda
  • 1977 - US Navy Retired
  • 1977 - Launched ‘State of the Arts Hyperbaric’
  • 2001 - Retired’


US Navy discharge papers (honorable)

Chuck E Gross (pictured) wearing his Rolex 1665 Patent Pending Sea-Dweller for an article in Research magazine

Chuck E Gross in Action

Associated patches & pins

And finally the Watch
Rolex Sea-Dweller ref. 1665 ‘Double Pink’ ‘Patent Pending’ Serial 2,128,xxx

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