Correct Derk, Rolex produced much more then first 10 DSS for display use...
Philipp (Login philippstahl) VRF Contributing Member Posted Dec 18, 2011 7:10 AM
What it says is that from the first batch only 10 examples have been made.
Until now 2 of these are known & sold by Christie's:
Most important one, No 1... Not sold to Rolex but still in privat collection.
We see a different construction compared to later display models made in
the case, case back, crown and movement ( cal 1000)...
Until now i've seen numbered display DSS's up to the 40-ies, means like extra 30-40 examples that can
be divided into 2 versions of the display model, one in all stainless steel & one in stainless steel & gold.
We also see different dials in detail that where delivered, to date them we can use the 'radium, tritium &
underline' theory we see around '63-'64...
Funny enough Rolex themselves are NOT showing a early batch DSS on their website! Instead they show us
a UNDERLINE Display DSS of later production. We now know that this model must have left the company around
'63-'64, much later then the initial 1960 its deepest dive with Jacques Piccard & Don Walsh....
Compared to the 'Swiss' only No 31 that Christie's sold recently, we now know this one must have been
produced earlier then the underline from their website, approximately '61-'62.
To make it even more complicated, I know of a stainless steel with gold display DSS with 'T Swiss T' dial so
a dial that has been delivered by Rolex AFTER 1964, the number is in the 40-ies, sorry I can't show the picture.