• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1369

    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 145

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, hack feature, bracelet and gas escape valve, made for COMEX

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, 660FT=200M, SUBMARINER, REF. 5513, CASE NO. 3'530'755, MANUFACTURED IN 1974

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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, hack feature, bracelet and gas escape valve, made for COMEX
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, 660ft=200m, Submariner, ref. 5513, case no. 3'530'755, manufactured in 1974
    Cal. 1520 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, black matte dial, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous mercedes hands, sweep centre seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, gas escape valve in the band, screw back engraved ROLEX COMEX, screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    40 mm. diam.


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    With Rolex International Service Guarantee stating that the present watch has undergone a complete overhaul on 1 June 2009.

    As of the late 1960s, Rolex supplied different Submariner models featuring the patented gas escape valve to the side to COMEX (Compagnie Maritime d'Expertise) in Marseille, a professional diving operation for the oil industry.

    Reference 5513, such as the present watch, was the first of these models, depth rated to 660 ft (220 m), with the COMEX designation on the outside of the screw back but not on the dial. Part or the entire serial number was repeated to the inside of the case back, a feature only seen on ref. 5513 supplied to COMEX and to military forces (see the following lot). The case back of the present watch bears the engraved reference 5513 and 755, the last three digits of the serial number.

    For a reference 16610 supplied to COMEX see lot 21 in this auction.

    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.


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