ROLEX | EXPLORER II, 22 SPECIAL AIR SERVICE, REFERENCE 216570, MILITARY STAINLESS STEEL DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 2012
Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 GBP
EXPLORER II, 22 SPECIAL AIR SERVICE, REFERENCE 216570
MILITARY STAINLESS STEEL DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET
Calibre: cal. 3187 automatic, 31 jewels
Case: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down crown and back
Case number: N4’82Q’236
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding clasp
Dimensions: 42mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 250mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex Guarantee dated December 2012, Rolex user manual, chronometer tag, hang tag and presentation case
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DIAL: dial and hands are intact
CASE: case and bracelet in exceptional condition with bezel, case bands, back and bracelet still bearing factory protective stickers
Bracelet: 77210 (Q8A) / 77210, 2QE endlinks
MOVEMENT: running at time of cataloguing, date advancing, GMT function is working
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion
Please note: Condition 11 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
The British Special Air Service (SAS) was founded in 1941 as a Special Operations division of the British Army and has ever since remained one of the most respected military organizations in the world. In spite of its absolute secrecy, the unit is rumoured to employ 500 active soldiers who underwent extreme recruitment and training programs. Perpetuating their long-lasting relationship with Military forces, Rolex granted in 2012 the SAS soldiers with the opportunity to acquire a highly personal and exclusive example of the Explorer II, reference 216570. While most of the known SAS Rolex Explorer II watches bear a black dial, the present wristwatch was fitted with a white, maxi dial.
Property of the original owner, the present limited-edition white Explorer II reference 216570 is preserved in like-new condition, retaining its original protective stickers. On the side of the case, the motto of the SAS ‘Who Dares Wins’ is engraved. Furthermore, the case back is decorated with the SAS emblem (a dagger with wings) and bears the SAS soldier’s initials within a unique serial number.
This very rare and increasingly collectible white dial example comes with its original Guarantee and presentation case.