Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic centre seconds Royal Navy Military Issue wristwatch with double reference and W10 marked case back Submariner, Ref:5517/5513, Case No.3296937, Made in 1972, Issued in 1979
Lot 96
Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic centre seconds Royal Navy Military Issue wristwatch with double reference and W10 marked case back Submariner, Ref:5517/5513, Case No.3296937, Made in 1972, Issued in 1979
Sold for £38,400 (US$ 62,748) inc. premium

Lot Details
Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic centre seconds Royal Navy Military Issue wristwatch with double reference and W10 marked case back
Submariner, Ref:5517/5513, Case No.3296937, Made in 1972, Issued in 1979
26-jewel Cal:1520 movement, black dial with luminous dot and baton hour markers, signed 'Rolex Oyster Perpetual, 660ft=200m Submariner' and printed with a T within a circle, sweep centre seconds, original issued Sword Hands, polished case with calibrated revolving bezel, previously fixed bars (now made to push through), stamped 5517 still visible on the back of the lug, inside case back stamped 3296937, 5513, I.72, screw down Oyster crown and screw on back engraved with the M.O.D number W10/6645-99-9237697, 970/79, fitted fabric military style strap, case, dial and movement signed
40mm.

Footnotes

  • This particular watch was is the rare double reference version of the Military Submariner, and is further more highlighted with the W10 marked case back.

    The Royal Navy ordered from Rolex a series of watches for use by their specialist personnel. 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 has been confirmed by Mr Henry Hudson of Rolex that it was sold to the Army Air Corp Donnington on the 14th May 1979 with military no's W10/6645-99-9237697 970/79. and bearing the double reference 5517/5513.
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