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.