ROLEX | REF 5513/5517 MILITARY SUBMARINER, A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH MADE FOR THE BRITISH MILITARY, CIRCA 1974 | 勞力士 |5513/5517型號「MILITARY SUBMARINER」精鋼自動上鏈腕錶，為英軍製造，年份約1974
40,000 - 60,000 USD
40,000 - 60,000 USD
REF 5513/5517 MILITARY SUBMARINER
A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH MADE FOR THE BRITISH MILITARY
Caliber: cal. 1520 automatic movement, 26 jewels
Case: stainless steel, underside of lug stamped 5517
Case number: 3926766
Closure: stainless steel Rolex bracelet with double folding clasp
Size: diameter 42 mm, bracelet circumference approximately 190 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement, case back further engraved with military issue numbers 0552/923-7697 679/77
The case is in very good overall condition with light surface scuffing visible throughout from wear. The beveled edges are still prominent, and the lugs are crisp. The 5517 stamping on the underside of the lug is crisp and intact.
The dial is in excellent overall condition for a watch of its age, with crisp and legible text throughout. The luminous hour markers and hands have aged consistently to an attractive honey-colored tone.
The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."
Rolex created the historic Military Submariner upon special request from the British Ministry of Defense. These commissioned pieces were designed to be worn by soldiers during combat, featuring the iconic military designation 'T' below the arbor.
The double reference 5513/5517 has reference 5513 engraved between the lugs, while reference 5517 is engraved on the underside of the lug. The case back is further engraved 0552/923-7697 679/77.
This impressive wristwatch from 1974 has survived in superb condition, and remains to be among the rarest Submariners one can own.