Rolex. A rare military stainless steel automatic wristwatch issued to the Royal Navy  Military Submariner, Ref: 5513, Circa 1972

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Rolex. A rare military stainless steel automatic wristwatch issued to the Royal Navy
Military Submariner, Ref: 5513, Circa 1972

Sold for £ 137,562 (US$ 189,623) inc. premium
Rolex. A rare military stainless steel automatic wristwatch issued to the Royal Navy
Model: Military Submariner
Reference: 5513
Date: Circa 1972
Movement: 26-jewel Cal.1520 automatic
Dial: Black with Tritium T, luminous dot hour markers, baton quarters, white outer minute divisions, polished sword hands with luminous inserts, arrow tipped centre seconds
Case: Brushed and polished tonneau form, screw down Oyster back and shouldered crown, back engraved 0552/923-7697 419/75, inner case back stamped I.72 and engraved with serial number, black calibrated military bezel, fixed bar lugs, No.3926***
Strap/Bracelet: Grey NATO strap
Buckle/Clasp: Steel buckle
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 39mm

Footnotes

  • In the early 1970s, the British Ministry of Defence commissioned a very limited batch of Rolex reference 5513 Submariners, designed to enhanced specifications to meet the demands of their Special Forces.

    These "Military Submariners", or "MilSubs", differ in many ways from standard production pieces. They feature thicker, sword-shaped hands for enhanced legibility, a rotating bezel calibrated to 60 minutes, an encircled "T" on the dial indicating the use of luminescent Tritium, and solid steel bars fixed between the lugs.

    As these watches were "tool watches" in the truest sense of the word, they were often repaired with service parts and in many cases heavily damaged during their years of military use. As such it is exceedingly rare to find a military issue Submariner in as well preserved, original condition as the present lot. The watch has never been offered at auction before.
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