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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 238

    Rolex. An attractive stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, “Thunderbird” bezel and bracelet, made for the Peruvian Army

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, DATEJUST, REF. 1625, CASE NO. 2’390’357, CIRCA 1968

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    Rolex. An attractive stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, “Thunderbird” bezel and bracelet, made for the Peruvian Army
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Datejust, ref. 1625, case no. 2’390’357, circa 1968
    MOVEMENT: automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    DIAL: silvered, brushed, applied baton numerals, luminous accents, luminous hands, sweep centre seconds, outer half minute divisions on sunken track, magnified window for date
    CASE: stainless steel, tonneau-shaped, bidirectional revolving “Thunderbird” bezel, screw back engraved “Fuerza Aerea Del Peru’” to the outside, and to the inside with the case number and stamped “IV.68”, screw down crown, 36 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BRACELET/CLASP: stainless steel Rolex Jubilee bracelet, deployant clasp, approx. 190 mm.


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    Rolex is well known for having supplied timepieces to the armed forces of different countries. Pieces for the Peruvian Army – the FAP (Fuerza Aerea del Peru’) Rolex – are among the most elusive, appreciated and collectible military Rolex wristwatches. The present piece indeed belongs to this highly sought-after category, as indicated by the engraving to the case back. Another detail typical of military Rolex timepieces is the presence of either the full serial number or, as in this case, its last three digits inside the case back, in order to indissolubly link the back with the watch.

    Furthermore, the present timepiece is made even more attractive by its thunderbird bezel, which ironically derives the name by its association with another armed force, specifically the USA Navy, as it was featured in a period advertisement as the watch of choice of the US Navy acrobatic squadron: the Thunderbirds.

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