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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 292

    Rolex. A rare and unusual stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and bracelet, supplied to the Fisheries Research Division of New Zealand

    SIGNED ROLEX, REF. 5513, OYSTER PERPETUAL, 600FT=200M, SUBMARINER, CASE NO. 3’231’259, FDR 9, CIRCA 1971

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    Rolex. A rare and unusual stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and bracelet, supplied to the Fisheries Research Division of New Zealand
    Signed Rolex, ref. 5513, Oyster Perpetual, 600ft=200m, Submariner, case no. 3’231’259, FDR 9, circa 1971
    MOVEMENT: automatic, cal. 1520, 26 jewels
    DIAL: black matte, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous hands, luminous sweep centre seconds
    CASE: stainless steel, black revolving bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw back marked FDR 9, screw down crown, 39.5 mm. wide
    BRACELET/CLASP: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, stamped 9315 and 280 to the endlinks, deployant clasp stamped 1.66, overall length approx. 180 mm.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement


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    The present watch is believed to be from a small series of Rolex Submariner watches ordered in the early 1970s by the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. The watches were supplied to the Fisheries Research Division or FDR and given to their scientific research divers. The initial group of these divers was trained by the Royal New Zealand Navy, the only government approved diving course at the time. Today, the FDR has their own scientific diving program. The case backs of the watches were engraved FDR and issue number – the present example is no. 9 of this batch.

    For the article Rolex Submariner For The Fisheries Research Division of New Zealand: Who Knew? see Hodinkee, http://hodinkee.squarespace.com/blog/2010/3/31/rolex-submariner-for-the-fisheries-research-division-of-new.html

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