14 May 2002
ROLEX. A FINE AND RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, COMEX, Submariner, 660FT=200M, Ref:5513, No. 2833584, circa 1968.
Calibre 1530, rhodium finished 36-jewel self-winding movement, black dial with luminous markers and Mercedes hands, the dial signed COMEX, circular case with gas escape valve in the band at 9 o'clock, rotating calibrated bezel, crown guards, trip-lock crown, screw down back engraved Rolex, Comex, stainless steel Oyster bracelet with flip-lock, movement, dial and case signed.
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For an example of this reference, see James M. Dowling & Jeffrey P. Hess, The Best of Time Rolex wristwatches, An Unauthorized History, Schiffer Publishing Ltd. 1996 edition, p. 268.
Post Lot Text
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