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A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTRE SECONDS DIVER’S WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET REF 5508 SUBMARINER 100M=330FT CIRCA 1962
• cal. 1530 automatic nickel lever movement, 26 jewels • black lacquered dial, luminous triangular, dot and baton indexes, outer minute and second track, luminous Mercedes hands • brushed and polished Oyster case, black bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw-down crown and back with inscription • case, dial and movement signed
diameter 38 mm thickness 13 mm
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With an invoice from Service des Domaines dated 1992.

Catalogue Note

This very rare reference 5508 inscribed to the case back ‘MAR 001’ was most probably used by the French Marine Nationale. Replacing the reference 6536/1, the 5508 appeared with and without the depth rating indication. The present watch being part of the second version with ‘100m=330ft ‘ to the dial.
This watch is accompanied by its invoice from the Service des Domaines, which is a French government agency which deal with state owned property, and was sold through auction in 1992. This was almost certainly carried out to reduce military stock from the Marine Nationale, as was similarly done with many Breguet type XX watches sold to the French Air Force.
This extremely rare piece has remained in private hands for the last 22 years.

A similar example is illustrated in Skeet, M. & Urul, N., Vintage Rolex Sports Models, 2002, pp. 35.

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