Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic centre seconds Royal Navy Military Issue divers watch  Submariner, Ref:5513, Case No.3826403, Made in 1971, Issued in 1975.
Lot 259
Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic centre seconds Royal Navy Military Issue divers watch Submariner, Ref:5513, Case No.3826403, Made in 1971, Issued in 1975.
Sold for £56,400 (US$ 87,622) inc. premium

Lot Details
Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic centre seconds Royal Navy Military Issue divers watch
Submariner, Ref:5513, Case No.3826403, Made in 1971, Issued in 1975.
26-jewel Cal.1520 movement with hack seconds, black dial with luminous dot and baton hour markers, the dial printed Rolex Oyster Perpetual, 660ft=200m Submariner, and printed with a T within a circle, sweep centre seconds, and original issued Sword Hands, polished case with calibrated revolving bezel and fixed bars, inside case back stamped 3826403, 5513, IV.71 screw down Oyster crown and screw on back engraved with the M.O.D number 0552/923-7697 269/75, fitted fabric military strap, case, dial and movement signed
40mm.

Footnotes

  • The current owner started diving for the Royal Navy in the 1970's through to the early 1990's.

    The British Royal Navy ordered from Rolex a series of watches for use by their specialist divers. These watches have fixed bar lugs and the hands are of sword shape so they are more legible under low light conditions, the dials are also marked with the “Circle T” which is the international symbol for Tritium. The case backs are engraved on the interior with the serial number and also on the outside case back with the Ministry of Defence issue number.

    There are 3 series of the Royal Navy Military Submariner:

    1.Standard Ref: 5513

    2.Double Ref: 5513/5517 (5513 on case and back: 5517 on a lug)

    3.Unique Ref: 5517

    This watch is furthermore sold with a letter from Mr Henry Hudson of Rolex, confirming this actual watch was supplied to Rolex Bexley destined for the Royal Navy in May of 1975.
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