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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 395

    Rolex. An extremely rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, brown dial, bracelet and box, made for the Peruvian Airforce

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, SUBMARINER, 200M=660FT, REF. 1680, CASE NO. 3'675'851, MANUFACTURED IN 1975

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    Rolex. An extremely rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, date, brown dial, bracelet and box, made for the Peruvian Airforce
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Date, Submariner, 200m=660ft, ref. 1680, case no. 3'675'851, manufactured in 1975
    Cal. 1570 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, black dial, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous mercedes hands, sweep centre seconds, magnified window for date, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back engraved Fuerza Aérea del Perú, the inside with the engraved serial number 3675851, 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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    With Rolex fitted green presentation box and outer packaging.

    The present watch furthermore impresses by its original condition and the extremely charismatic dial showing a homogeneous chocolate brown colour beautifully combined with the warm ivory tone of the luminous numerals and hands and the red Submariner designation. Examples like this reference 1680 model are also called "Red Sub" amongst collectors and are considered the most popular version of the first of all Submariners featuring a date indication. Another noteworthy particularity is the colour of the bezel which when held under a certain light also appears rather dark brown than black.

    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.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Fuerza Aérea del Perú - lots 395 and 396

    Rolex sports watches, particularly the Submariner model, have always been the watch of choice of diver's organisations and several armed forces; the most renowned certainly COMEX and the British Royal Navy, highly coveted collectors items in today's market.

    It is however much less common known that small series of watches were also supplied to forces such as Fuerza Aérea del Perú, consequently rendering the few models appearing in public extremely rare.

    It is thought that as of the early 1960s, the Peruvian Air Force commissioned Rolex with the supply of watches for their personnel, mainly different Cosmograph Daytona models which were issued to the superior Officers. The case backs were engraved with the inscription Fuerza Aérea del Perú to the outside, the serial number was repeated to the inside.

    According to research, an exceedingly small number of the celebrated Submariner ref. 1680 (lot 395) and the GMT-Master ref. 1675 (lot 396) were ordered for members of their Special Forces and flying personnel.