Rolex. A rare and historically interesting stainless steel automatic centre seconds Royal Navy Military Issue wristwatch with photographic records relating to the Falklands WarSubmariner, Ref:5513, Case No.2940826, Made in 1970, Issued in 1972

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Lot 138
Rolex. A rare and historically interesting stainless steel automatic centre seconds Royal Navy Military Issue wristwatch with photographic records relating to the Falklands War
Submariner, Ref:5513, Case No.2940826, Made in 1970, Issued in 1972

Sold for £ 40,800 (US$ 51,098) inc. premium
Rolex. A rare and historically interesting stainless steel automatic centre seconds Royal Navy Military Issue wristwatch with photographic records relating to the Falklands War
Submariner, Ref:5513, Case No.2940826, Made in 1970, Issued in 1972
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 and fixed bars, inside case back stamped 826 (corresponding to the last 3 digits of the watch serial number) 5513, III.70, screw down Oyster crown and screw on back engraved with the M.O.D number 0552/923-7697 786/72, fitted fabric military style strap, case, dial and movement signed 40mm.

Footnotes

  • This particular watch was issued to the current owner when he flew as a pilot in the Royal Navy. He served as a helicopter pilot during the Falklands war. One of the photographs illustrated was taken by the current owner whilst making a landing approach onto HMS Hermes during the war.

    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 is furthermore sold with a letter from Mr Henry Hudson of Rolex, confirming this actual watch was supplied to the British Navy in 1972.
Rolex. A rare and historically interesting stainless steel automatic centre seconds Royal Navy Military Issue wristwatch with photographic records relating to the Falklands WarSubmariner, Ref:5513, Case No.2940826, Made in 1970, Issued in 1972
Rolex. A rare and historically interesting stainless steel automatic centre seconds Royal Navy Military Issue wristwatch with photographic records relating to the Falklands WarSubmariner, Ref:5513, Case No.2940826, Made in 1970, Issued in 1972
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