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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.