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A STAINLESS STEEL CENTRE SECONDS AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH AND BRACELET BELONGING TO THE CLIMATOLOGY SCIENTIST JANUSZ KURBIEL  CIRCA 1979 REF 1019 OYSTER PERPETUAL MILGAUSS
• cal. 1580 automatic lever movement, 26 jewels, metal dust cover, mono-metallic balance • silvered dial, applied baton faceted numerals, luminescent dot markers and hands, centre seconds hand with red tip • Rolex Oyster anti-magnetic case, screw-down crown and case back • case, dial and movement signed • stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with flip lock clasp • presentation case
diameter 37mm
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Catalogue Note

Janusz Kurbiel is a Polish doctor in polar climatology who graduated from the celebrated French university La Sorbonne. Since 1975, he has conducted several scientific expeditions in partnership with his wife on board of their self-built sailboat Vagabond, especially in the region of Greenland and Iceland. As other known explorers, he was supported by Rolex for his exceptional achievements and the pivotal role he played in understanding the mystical polar caps.

The present watch was specially manufactured by Rolex according to Mr Kurbiel's instructions for his 1981-1983 expedition to the Magnetic Northern Pole. Kurbiel and his wife embarked on his exploration sailing boat Vagabond'eux in 1981. They were stopped by the ice 60 nm from their target and continued their route on snow-bike and sleigh and finally reached the Magnetic Northern Pole on 24th April 1983. They achieved important scientific work and studied the Omega navigation system used to determine a geographical position. This system was very useful at a time when satellites were not exhaustive. The explorations of Janusz Kurbiel to the North Pole were used as one of the advertising slogans to promote Rolex watches during the 1980's.

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