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Throughout the 1970's the Rolex Watch Company supplied the British Ministry of Defence (MOD) with a unique divers watch, the specifically designed Military submariner. The watch was designed with certain unique features to meet the MOD purchasing specification and to supersede and improve on the Omega 300 as the MOD's divers watch of choice. These features include ;
Over sized gladiator sword hands for increased luminous visibility
Full 60 minute marked bezel for addition countdown time
Fixed case bars for extra durability
Dial marked with a 'circle T' to denote the tritium used in the dial construction
Engravings to denote the piece as property of the Crown
Engravings to denote the unique stores numbers of the piece
Due to a high rate of attrition, disposal by the MOD and a decade of dealers 'restoring' these watches to civilian standards there is only a fraction of the original 1000 or so supplied left in existence, of this there is an even smaller number that retain the full original specification and have not lost their original features to servicing needs.
This example is one of those that has sat in the sock drawer for the last 10-15 years. The watch comes complete with an international Rolex warranty for a movement only service and letter from Rolex UK confirming delivery and issue numbers. The original unmarked circle T dial has a nice mid tone patina. Complete with original sword hands which have been cleaned and the backs lacquered to protect them for years to come. The watch also obviously features the genuine 60 minute insert
Before buying this piece the original owner had been careful not to reveal the full serial number ....imagine my surprise to find it was 007 ...its the little things that make collecting fun.....
40mm Stainless steel. The original fixed case bars have never been removed and remain in place.,Showing no signs of wear between the lugs the engravings are crisp and clear. The all original case-back engravings are clear and bold, and of course the mid case serial number is repeated inside the case-back.
Stunning condition, all original tritium with the crisp circle T.
Rolex UK letter Rolex international warranty and service papers.
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