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16600 Sea Dweller inputs please.

  1. ngo516 Mar 12, 2021

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    Hey Gang, can I get your visual on the dial and hands and bezel please. Hoping to bring this baby home over weekend.

    bezel is matte. Is it a natural occurrence? Or was it acetone stripped?

    mucho gracias.
     
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  2. asrnj77 Mar 13, 2021

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    Might just be the pics. Doesn’t look matte to me. What year is it?
     
  3. sah Mar 15, 2021

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    Nice chamfers. Guess year 1999 to 2007 as no lug holes and no tritium. Bezel would be aluminum and maybe faded with time.
     
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  4. Nobel Prize Spell Master! Mar 15, 2021

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    Looks good to me, the bezel fade is weird so soon but I guess it can happen.

    would like to see pics of wrist of the lugs etc as well as movement
     
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  5. asrnj77 Mar 18, 2021

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    For what it’s worth my 2001 has lug holes.
     
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  6. Marcel81 Mar 18, 2021

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    Lug holes from 2004 onwards.
    Swiss made dial from 2001 onwards. before there were transitional swiss only dials.
     
  7. asrnj77 Mar 18, 2021

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    I think you mean “no lug holes” from 2004 onwards, correct?
     
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  8. Marcel81 Mar 18, 2021

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    Of course no lug holes
     
  9. Nobel Prize Spell Master! Mar 18, 2021

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    I believe so but there is an overlap as you could find watches with lug holes in stored after 2004.
     
  10. Marcel81 Mar 18, 2021

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    But not after F serial.
     
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  11. ngo516 Mar 18, 2021

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    I’m requesting more photos...thank you gents.
    I have yet to see a faded bezel like this for a relatively new model.
    The case and bracelet looks far newer than its faded bezel, which looks cool as hell, but I’m curious if it’s original, or period correct.
     
  12. JPE.88305 Mar 18, 2021

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    looks good to me, similar to mine (2008)
     
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  13. ngo516 Mar 18, 2021

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    can you share a photo of your bezel?
     
  14. ngo516 Mar 18, 2021

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    It’s a F serial, puts it in 2004-2005.
    there’s a “T” after “16600”

    I learned something new:
    Every Rolex professional watch, not just the Sea Dweller, has a T on the case if it was once a lug through-hole model that was changed to a blind-hole case.

    The T stands for Trou Borgne, french for blind hole - French is Rolex native language.

    Generally you do not see the T on paperwork.”
     
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  15. JPE.88305 Mar 18, 2021

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    i can snap some pics after work.
     
  16. JPE.88305 Mar 18, 2021

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    Not sure about your bezel, perhaps a corrosive cleaning agent?
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