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Rolex Sea-Dweller 'Ghost Bezel'

by Rolex
SKU 10018
Presented in immaculate condition this amazing example of a 1999 Rolex Sea-Dweller 'Ghost Bezel with the original black dial black bezel.

This watch features a 40mm steel case features stainless steel original bracelet with an automatic movement. 

This watch is a watch-only deal and comes with a 24-month warranty as standard. 

Faded, or ghost bezel is due to a defect in pre-Cerachrom bezels produced by Rolex on their popular tool watches: the Submariner, GMT-Master, and the Sea-dweller. This rare and desirable, defect is caused by a number of issues including age, amount of time spent in the sun, and rubbing against clothing.

The Sea-Dweller is definitely not Rolex’s best-known watch. Yet, its longevity has nothing to do with chance, it is the embodiment of everything Rolex stands for, “producing durable watches for everyone”. This design was developed from a need to equip a small number of saturation divers and to go deeper than the Submariner could and to cope with the extreme pressures of the deep.

The Sea Dweller first appeared in the late 1960s and it was a variation on the Submariner which could already reach impressive depths of 200 meters (660 feet). Divers from SeaLab noted that a strange phenomenon kept happening to their beloved Submariners. The crystal would often pop out in the decompression chamber after a dive. These were not casual dives but hardcore underwater experiences, as the whole purpose of SeaLab was to study the effects of prolonged exposure to extreme depths, this is where the nickname “Sea-Dweller” came from, which eventually stuck.

In the end, a rather simple but efficient mechanism was developed, a helium escape valve on the side of the case. (Rolex's innovation is Swiss patent CH492246). By letting the helium particles escape through a controlled mechanism, the exploding plexiglass issue was solved. Some refer to the Sea Dweller as Rolex's most dedicated tool watch.

Reference 16600
Movement Automatic
Dial Black
Size (Case) 40mm
Material (Case) Steel
Glass Sapphire
Condition Mint
Year 1999
Papers No
Box Yes
Warranties 2 Years