Rolex Rolex Sea Dweller SD4000 ROL 734
Rolex Sea Dweller – SD4000
Used but new looking condition Rolex Sea Dweller model reference 11600. Made for just a short period and escalating in value. It was originally purchased from authorised Rolex dealers Aurum Group, the owner of Goldsmiths, Mappin & Webb and Watches of Switzerland. It was purchased in July 2016 It comes complete with all boxes and papers with original purchase receipt. This is version of the Sea Dweller, the increased size and thickness 116600, commonly referred to as the SD 4000 (sea Dweller 4000 feet). Also with the improved thick bracelet with Glidelock clasp, ceramic bezel, 3135 automatic movement. It was only made for around 18 to 20 months before it was superseded by the latest model and therefore is increasing in value. It has a sapphire crystal, helium escape valve and 904 stainless steel. The retail price at the time of purchase was £6,900. This is watch that needs no introduction, as it is the bigger, tougher and more durable brother to the Submariner, which is the most successful and widely known divers watch in the world. Like the Submariner, it is the watch that set the standard in professional divers watches and one that most other divers watches aspire to emulate. It is a true professional instrument watch and one that can endure the toughest of conditions above and below the water. It is equally at home being worn with a suit or for weekend leisure. Dimensions are: width is 42mm excluding crown, 44 mm including crown and 46 mm lug to lug and thickness is 15 mm. Last picture in sequence is a catalogue scan
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Rolex SA was founded in 1905 by the German Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis. Contrary to popular belief, Hans Wilsdorf was neither Swiss, nor a watchmaker. Wilsdorf & Davis was the original name of what later became the Rolex Watch Company. They originally imported Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placed them in quality cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were then sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from the firm of Wilsdorf and Davis are usually marked "W&D" – inside the caseback only. Hans Wilsdorf registered the trademark name "Rolex" in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland during 1908. The word was made up, but its origin is obscure. One story, which was never confirmed by Wilsdorf, is that the word "Rolex" came from the French phrase horlogerie exquise, meaning exquisite watch industry. The Wilsdorf & Davis company moved out of Great Britain in 1912. Wilsdorf wanted his watches to be affordable, but taxes and export duties on the case metals (silver and gold) were driving costs up. From that time to the present, Rolex has been headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, though the company owns facilities in other cities (Bienne, etc) and continents (North America, Asia, Australia, etc). The company name Rolex was officially registered on 15 November 1915. It is thought this change was part of a drive to popularize wristwatches, which at the time were still considered a novelty largely for women (pocket watches were more common). Wilsdorf was said to desire his watch brand's name to be easily pronounceable in any language. The company name was officially changed to the Rolex Watch Company during 1919. It was later changed to Montres Rolex, SA and finally Rolex, SA. Rolex SA is a foundation initiated and originally funded by Hans Wilsdorf and the Aegler family. According to foundation documentation, the Rolex SA company can never be sold, nor traded on any stock market.