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ROLEX | EXPLORER II UK ATTACK HELICOPTER FORCE, REFERENCE 216570 NO 2/48 MILITARY STAINLESS STEEL DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET, CIRCA 2015
Estimate: 12,000 - 18,000 GBP
PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
EXPLORER II UK ATTACK HELICOPTER FORCE, REFERENCE 216570 NO 2/48
MILITARY STAINLESS STEEL DUAL-TIME WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET,
Calibre: cal. 3187 automatic, 31 jewels
Movement number: 1R’5D6’548
Case: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down crown and back, military engraving to the back
Case number: 22’0RV’284, no 02/48
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding clasp
Dimensions: 42mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 200mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex guarantee card dated December 2015, original invoice from Watches of Switzerland, green card holder, Rolex Explorer II user manual, green Rolex booklet, Chronometer tag, hang tag and presentation case with outer packaging.
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DIAL: in very good condition. Hands in very good condition.
CASE: with 2 marks to the side of the lower left lug, 2 marks and scratch to the side of the top left lug, with several scratches to the upper left side of the lug and lower right lug. With some light marks and scuffs to the bezel. Marks to the back of the lugs from removing the bracelet.
Bracelet X3R with 77210 (DQ) endlinks
MOVEMENT: running at time of cataloguing, date advancing and dual-time complication working, seconds hack when the crown is pulled out.
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.
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).
Rolex has a strong connection to several military regiments, producing special edition pieces for the members of the units they serve. Commissioned in 2014 to commemorate the UK Apache operations, the case back is finely engraved with a Apache helicopter with the Union Jack flag in the background, issue number and the name of the Attack Helicopter Force Officer. Only 48 watches were produced for the Force, no. 1/48 was bought by the Commander, no. 2/48 (the present watch) was offered to the longest serving member of the force, this example was offered to the current Senior Flying Instructor, who had been flying the Apache since 1999.