On November 8, 2021, Christie’s held the “Rare and Famous Watches” auction at the Four Seasons Hotel in Geneva, presenting a Rolex Deep Sea Special N°1 watch. In 1953, this watch once dived into the deep sea with Auguste Picard’s “Trieste” submersible, which has vital historical significance.
According to Christie, “Between 1953 and 1960, Rolex created seven prototype watches. This is certain, but only three have been confirmed so far. The first is the Deep Sea Special N ° 1, equipped with a “low “Mirror” (made of Plexiglas), carried out the first deep-sea test with the “Trieste” in 1953, diving to 3,150 meters in the waters near Ponza Island. The second is Deep Sea Special N°3, equipped with “High Mirror” (made of Plexiglas, but taller and thicker), which dived to the bottom of the Mariana Trench at 10,916 meters in 1960 and is now at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, with the USS Trieste On display. The third is the Deep Sea Special N°5, also equipped with a “high mirror,” presumed to be an experimental model undergoing further testing before 1960 and presented at Christie’s auction in 2000.”
In addition, Christie’s added: “In the early to mid-1960s, to celebrate diving to the deepest point in the world, Rolex produced more than 30 display models to share its achievements and expertise with the public. In 2009, this one was used for commercial/publicity The 31st watch in the series was sold by Christie’s.” Replica store online.
What makes the watch auctioned by Christie’s so special is that it is the earliest prototype, the number 1. At the same time, it is also the watch used for the first deep-sea test of Auguste Picard’s “Trieste” submersible, which dived to 3,150 meters on the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea on September 30, 1953, and was used for the development and manufacture of subsequent experimental models. Foundation. Franck muller replica.
It is reported that this watch was sold by Christie’s in 2005 and sold for $322,400. The watch’s case, original movement, and bracelet are almost intact.
Case Color: Silver-tone
Band Width: 20mm
Engine: Rolex Calibre 2836/2813