Rolex. A rare stainless steel cushion shape military divers wristwatch made for the German NavyRef:3646, Case No.260739, Circa 1940
Lot 357
Rolex. A rare stainless steel cushion shape military divers wristwatch made for the German Navy Ref:3646, Case No.260739, Circa 1940
Sold for £38,450 (US$ 62,057) inc. premium

Lot Details
Rolex. A rare stainless steel cushion shape military divers wristwatch made for the German Navy
Ref:3646, Case No.260739, Circa 1940
17-jewel Cortebert nickel plated lever movement, matt black dial with luminous baton markers and quarter Arabic numerals with closed 6 and 9, luminous baton hands, water-resistant type patented case with later crown, case back stamped 3646, 260739, polished wire lugs, case and movement signed
47mm.

Footnotes

  • This watch is known as the "Kampfschwimmer" as the German military divers used them during activities in the Second World War. The Ref:3646 was produced in various versions from 1938 until the 1950's. It is not documented exactly how many of these watches were delivered to the German "Kriegsmarine" (Navy). The Ref:3646 initially utilised a Rolex dial, also called the "California Dial" which had one half with Arabic indices and the other half with Roman. Panerai later replaced these dials and began using the self-illuminating dials with Radiomir/later Luminor material.

    Provenance: This watch was given to the current vendor's father by a German prisoner of war in Italy in 1944, while serving in the Royal Engineers bomb disposal unit.
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