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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 54

    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel limited edition automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, gas escape valve, engraved case back, bracelet, Garantie and box, made to commemorate the formation of the Royal Navy Clearance Diver Branch

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, DEEPSEA, SEA-DWELLER, 12800FT=3900M, REF. 116660, LIMITED EDITION NO. 25, CASE NO. G864030, MANUFACTURED IN 2013

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    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel limited edition automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, gas escape valve, engraved case back, bracelet, Garantie and box, made to commemorate the formation of the Royal Navy Clearance Diver Branch
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Deepsea, Sea-Dweller, 12800ft=3900m, ref. 116660, limited edition no. 25, case no. G864030, manufactured in 2013
    Cal. 3135 automatic movement, 31 jewels, black dial, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous Mercedes hands, sweep centre seconds, outer minute divisions, window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, gas escape valve in the band, screw back engraved with a high relief representation of the Royal Navy Clearance Diver crest and inscription “Royal Navy Clearance Diver 025/050”, screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    43 mm. diam.; overall bracelet length approx. 200 mm.


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    With Rolex Garantie Internationale stamped by London retailer Aurum Group and dated 27 September 2013, sales tags, product literature, plastic bezel protection ring, factory plastic box, original fitted presentation box and outer packaging.

    Number 25 of a limited edition of 50 examples only, the present watch is offered in absolutely mint condition by its original owner, a veteran of the Royal Navy Clerance Diver Branch who left service in 2015.

    To commemorate the formation of the Royal Navy Clearance Diver Branch over 60 years ago, and to celebrate the numerous operations that the Branch has most successfully conducted, both at home and overseas, past and present, Rolex agreed to produce a limited series of only 50 "Royal Navy Clearance Diver Special Edition" Sea Dweller Deepsea Watches. To reflect the heart of the operational community, the case backs feature a high relief representation of the Royal Navy Clearance Diver's crest.

    Considered “the most dangerous underwater job in the world”, clearance divers originated as underwater specialists dedicated to the removal of underwater obstructions from channels or harbors. Later the job evolved to include many other activities. Among these, the British Royal Navy – one of only three Navy worldwide – counts also the ghastly task of “human minesweeper”, highly trained individuals whose initial role was to clear sea-lanes to allow landing crafts to approach enemy beaches safely.

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