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Unique Sea Dweller?

December 19 2010 at 1:28 AM
Anon  (Login Tektite1)
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"I have a Sea Dweller that was given to my Father by the Rolex Co. in 1969 after he completed the longest sustained saturation dive in an underwater habitat called Tektite1."

On February 15, 1969, four U. S. Department of Interior scientists (Ed Clifton, Conrad Mahnken, Richard Waller and John VanDerwalker) descended to the ocean floor in Great Lameshur Bay in the U. S. Virgin Islands to begin an ambitious diving project dubbed "Tektite I".By March 18, 1969, the four aquanauts had established a new world's record for saturated diving by a single team. On April 15, 1969, the aquanaut team returned to the surface with over 58 days of marine scientific studies. More than 19 hours of decompression time were needed to accommodate the scientists' return to the surface. The United States Office of Naval Research coordinated Tektite I.

Much of the research for Tektite I centered around humans in this new environment. Topics investigated would include: biology (blood changes, sleep patterns, oxygen toxicity), decompression and decompression sickness, microbiology and mycology.


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Philipp
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WHAAAAAAOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!.........

December 19 2010, 2:51 AM 

GREAT Single Red Seadweller, Ultra rare, stunning provenance and therefor high, very high in price!

At first, MANY thanks for posting!!!!!

BE prepared that you email will explode with questions if
you're going to sell it! As Forum was down for a while, I
did myself also, just in case wink.gif

The famous Canadian diver Robert Palmer had one...

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There's one published in Auro's / John Goldberger Rolex book with 1.820.177 serial

What is your serial number?


RG.Philipp

Tektite I

On February 15, 1969, four U. S. Department of Interior scientists (Ed Clifton, Conrad Mahnken, Richard Waller and John VanDerwalker) descended to the ocean floor in Great Lameshur Bay in the U. S. Virgin Islands to begin an ambitious diving project dubbed "Tektite I".[1] By March 18, 1969, the four aquanauts had established a new world's record for saturated diving by a single team. On April 15, 1969, the aquanaut team returned to the surface with over 58 days of marine scientific studies. More than 19 hours of decompression time were needed to accommodate the scientists' return to the surface.[3] The United States Office of Naval Research coordinated Tektite I.

Much of the research for Tektite I centered around humans in this new environment. Topics investigated would include: biology (blood changes, sleep patterns, oxygen toxicity),[4][5][6] decompression and decompression sickness,[3] microbiology[7][8] and mycology.[9]


--->http://www.stjohnhistoricalsociety.org/Articles/Tektites40thAnniversaryFete.htm

-->http://www.sciencemag.org/content/168/3932/659.long

 
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Carl
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Wow, excellent watch! Very nice!

December 19 2010, 3:00 AM 


 
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graham
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Oh boy......... nt

December 19 2010, 3:02 AM 


 
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*Philip*
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That is quite a watch, a Keeper for sure

December 19 2010, 3:05 AM 

and a fantastic retirement plan, keep it and your old days will be smoother happy.gif)

 
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Detlev
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Absolutely fantastic...

December 19 2010, 3:09 AM 

You just made my (sun)day happy.gif

Best, D

 
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Ray Nicol
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What a beautiful watch !!!!

December 19 2010, 3:15 AM 


 
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Marcus
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amaaaaaaaaaazing.........

December 19 2010, 3:16 AM 

......great watch.......fantastic.....big thanks for sharing

cheers
Marcus

 
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Roger
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OMG!!! I bet your inbox is full right now...

December 19 2010, 3:23 AM 

We all want it!!!



---Perpetual Knowledge---

 
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Steboe
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Absolutely fantastic!

December 19 2010, 4:11 AM 

Please have it slightly Serviced, I am sure Geneva will Be very helpful.I think Rolex Even did the Casebackengraving then!
Then please lock it away and keep As a Family treasure!
Best
stephen

 
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snoop
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this might help

December 19 2010, 5:01 AM 


 
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Alanski
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wow . amazing

December 19 2010, 5:18 AM 

hey woodie

you aint got one of these what you waiting for mate happy.gif

 
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Matthew Green
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Evolution of the Rolex Dive Watch and Value

December 19 2010, 5:23 AM 

Hello,
Let me start by saying I am a passionate Rolex collector for over 30 years.
The single Red Sea-Dweller you have is extremely rare. There maybe only 5 known watches like yours that are known in the Rolex watch collectors world. The dial is the key. The value of this watch may be somewhere around $250,000.00 US. Today we are in a economic recesion and a lot of the people that were going crazy and dropping the big bucks back in 2007 to 2008 are not spending like they were at this time. It's just a matter of time until the collectors return and start paying the big bucks again. The fact that it was your fathers is the cherry on top of the cake.The provenance is awesome.
I love and appreciate the rareity of your Rolex and in time I feel certain the monetary value will go back up into the stratosphere of upwards of $250,000 to $300,000.
That Rolex is not only a rare Rolex but a piece of Rolex history that helps with the timeline of the Evolution Of the Rolex Dive watch ---Sea-Dwellers.
Awesome Rolex. Wear it and enjoy it.
Matthew Green


    
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Steve.P
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Well done - Sea Dweller dials don't get better than that - The Best!!! nt

December 19 2010, 5:24 AM 

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Mehdi
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Oulala!!!

December 19 2010, 6:06 AM 

What a watch you've got Brett!!!

This is a master piece of Rolex history and a dream for all collectors here!

A simple service (gaskets, oils and cleaning) but no more. It doesn't need more as it is in good shape.

As some said before your watch has a very high value, but following the story it would be sad to sell it...

Congratulations and welcome on board wink.gif


Mehdi

 
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mller
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forget it, hour hand is defect:)))

December 19 2010, 7:08 AM 

otherwise fantastic watch!!!!!!!!!!



many congrats
dieter

 
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Ron
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Don't even polish the crystal...

December 19 2010, 8:21 AM 

It's magnificent. Don't do a thing to it other than giving the mechanism a cleaning from a "best" vintage Rolex artisan... Bob Ridley or my favorite, Rolex Service, San Francisco.

Wear it in good health.

Ron

 
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Volker Wiegmann
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...absolutely stunning. Thanks for sharing! nt

December 19 2010, 8:27 AM 



representin' the DNA of Panerai

 
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Vijay
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WOW!!! Extremely rare! Wear in good health. Hang on to it!

December 19 2010, 8:49 AM 



    
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Valdo
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Ouch !!! The sun is lightning again...

December 19 2010, 9:28 AM 

...wonderland still exist, thanks.

Keep it safe, its a monument

Stainless steel regards

 
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