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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 340

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and hack feature, made for the British Royal Navy

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, 660FT=200M, SUBMARINER, REF. 5513/5517, CASE NO. 5212920, MANUFACTURED IN 1972

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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and hack feature, made for the British Royal Navy
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, 660ft=200m, Submariner, ref. 5513/5517, case no. 5212920, manufactured in 1972
    Cal. 1520 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, the black dial with encircled "T" indicating the military use, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous sword hands and luminous sweep centre seconds, with later black revolving bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw down crown, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with fixed bar lugs, screw back with engraved broad arrow, military issue numbers W10/6645-99-9237697 and unit number 771/77, case, dial and movement signed
    40 mm. diam.


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    Accompanied by a detached stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet.

    The present watch is from a series of watches ordered in the early 1970s by the British Royal Navy for one of their commandos, the Special Boat Service or "S.B.S.", one of the world's best trained Special Forces.

    This Submariner model was adapted following the specifications requested by the British Ministry of Defence and attributed reference number 5517. The watches had to be fitted with the hack feature for the seconds, fixed bar lugs with a diameter of at least 2 mm., easily readable dials equipped with the larger "sword" hands, the international symbol for Tritium, the encircled "T". The outside of the case backs were marked with the military broad arrow sign, Ministry of Defence issue numbers and unit number.

    The Royal Navy's Special Boat Service (SBS) is the lesser-known sister unit of the British Army's Special Air Service (SAS) regiment. Based in Poole, Dorset, the SBS is a special forces unit specializing in operations at sea, along coastlines and on river networks. Previously known as the Special Boat Squadron, members of the SBS are exclusively drawn from The Royal Marines.

    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.