Rolex Sea Dweller*** 16660 Matte*** 1983
ROLEX Sea Dweller Ref. 16660 "Triple Six", Matte dial, 1983
Serial: 8092148
Circa: 1983
Reference: 16660

DIAL: Black matte dial with beveled date aperture at 3 o’clock, tritium hour markers.

CASE: 40mm, stainless steel with black 60 min rotating bezel and sapphire glass. Sapphire crystal.

MOVEMENT: Caliber 3035, Self-winding mechanical movement with 27 jewels

BRACELET: Rolex stainless steel Oyster fliplock 93160/592, Clasp Code H (1983)

CONDITION REPORT: The dial and hands are mint and tritium has aged to a nice even cream color. The case appears to be unpolished, pinholes are still crisp and overall a strong case. The bezel has a few light marks and the pearl has aged to rich amber color.

NOTES: The Sea-Dweller reference 16660 is the successor of the original 1665. It was produced from 1978 to about 1988 and had a few technological upgrades including a bigger helium release valve, sapphire crystal and the 3035 caliber. This new caliber featured a higher frequency of 28,800, improved shock resistance and a quickset date.
In the early years of production, the 16660 was made alongside the 1665 and had a matte dial as well. The subsequent 16660 were fitted with glossy dials that had white gold surround applied tritium hour markers.
The depth rating on the watch improved with sapphire crystal and case redesign from 610m up to 1220m, as reflected on the dial.