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Rolex. A rare stainless steel self-winding waterproof wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, bracelet and gas escape valve, made for COMEX
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Rolex. A rare stainless steel self-winding waterproof wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, bracelet and gas escape valve, made for COMEX

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, COMEX, 660FT=200M, SUBMARINER, COMEX NO. 458, CASE NO. 4155852, REF. 5514, MANUFACTURED IN 1976

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Rolex. A rare stainless steel self-winding waterproof wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, bracelet and gas escape valve, made for COMEX
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Comex, 660ft=200m, Submariner, Comex no. 458, case no. 4155852, ref. 5514, manufactured in 1976
Cal. 1520 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, the black dial with COMEX logo, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous mercedes hands and luminous sweep centre seconds, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with gas escape valve to the side, black revolving bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw down crown, screw back engraved Rolex Comex 458, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
40 mm. diam.
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The Submariner Comex model, ref. 5513 and 5514, was specially developed by Rolex for Compagnie Maritime d'Expertise or COMEX, a professional diving operation for the oil industry. The gas escape valve was designed to release excessive helium pressure from the case during the diver's decompression periods.

Ref. 5514 is amongst the rarest of all Submariner models, according to literature less than 200 examples were made and sold exclusively to COMEX. It was never available to the public.

The COMEX model ref. 5514 differs from the regular Submariner by a variety of features, such as

- the helium escape valve on the right side of the case
- the case number repeated inside the case back, a characteristic reserved to COMEX and military watches

Furthermore, the present watch has an extremely uncommon particularity: a small raised pin to the winder to increase grip when using the watch with gloves.

The model is illustrated in Rolex Submariner by Guido Mondani - Lele Ravagnani, pp. 158-161.
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