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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 159

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet, made for the Royal Oman Police

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SUBMARINER MODEL, REF. 16800, CASE NO. 8'085'072, MANUFACTURED IN 1983

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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date and bracelet, made for the Royal Oman Police
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Submariner model, ref. 16800, case no. 8'085'072, manufactured in 1983
    Cal. 3035 nickel-finished lever movement, 27 jewels, black matte dial, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous mercedes hands, emblem of the Royal Oman Police printed in white to the lower half, sweep centre seconds, magnified window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back and screw down crown, revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    40 mm. diam.


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    Reference 16800 was introduced into the market in 1982 and featured the quick-set date function and an increased depth rating of 1000 ft (300 m). Early models still had the luminous indexes as in reference 1680, later generations were fitted with the white gold borders around the luminous numerals.

    The particularity of the present watch is the emblem on its dial, the insignia of the Royal Oman Police: the national emblem of the Sultanate of Oman, the khanjar dagger in a sheath superimposed upon two crossed swords surmounted by a crown, flanked by laurel wreath, and the Arabic inscription "Shurta 'Uman as-Sultaniyyah" or "Royal Oman Police".

    The addition of this insignia to the dial requested the removal of the designation "Submariner, 1000ft=300m, Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified" commonly found in the standard versions of reference 16800, leaving only the "Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date" to the upper part.

    The emblem of the Royal Oman Police was most certainly added by the Rolex retailer in Muscat to whom the watch was originally sold.

    Furthermore preserved in very good overall condition, the present watch is a fine and exclusive example of an early reference 16800, featuring the matte black dial without the white gold frames around the beautifully discoloured, ivory-coloured luminous markers.

    Special Notice

    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.