ROLEX | MILITARY SUBMARINER, REFERENCE 5517, A STAINLESS STEEL MILITARY WRISTWATCH WITH REVOLVING BEZEL, FIXED BAR LUGS AND MILITARY ENGRAVINGS, CIRCA 1977 | 勞力士 | "Military Submariner 型號5517 精鋼軍用腕錶，備迴轉錶圈及軍用印記，錶殼編號5212927，約1977年製"
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PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTOR
MILITARY SUBMARINER, REFERENCE 5517
A STAINLESS STEEL MILITARY WRISTWATCH WITH REVOLVING BEZEL, FIXED BAR LUGS AND MILITARY ENGRAVINGS, CIRCA 1977
Military Submariner 型號5517
Calibre: cal. 1520 automatic, 26 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw down case back
Case number: 5'212'927
Closure: nato strap
Size: 40 mm diameter
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex International Service Guarantee
The movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The dial is very clean, while the luminous plots has very minor blemishes at some markers and has taken a very attractive yellowish colour. The lumes and hands have all aged consistently together. The hands are little oxidized. The numbers between the lugs are crisp and easy to read. The case back with crisp engravings and milled edge. The inside case back is stamped 1.72 for the 1st quarter of 1972.
The revolving bezel with signs of wear toward the edges. The band with minor signs of wear throughout and tiny pinhead dings toward the lugs. The case back with signs of wear throughout however it is better than most example seen on the market today. The case with light signs of polishing, otherwise it is very strong thick and proportionate.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
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"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."
The Submariner model being one of the most iconic wristwatches ever made was presented by Rolex in 1953 as a diving tool watch. Throughout the years Submariner have lay the foundation of how a “sport” timepiece should be and was even commissioned by Rolex to the most extreme ventures in human history. Although not evidential the Submariner has gone through multiple face lifts from minute differences to the case, crown, bezel and dial for improving the durability of the watch. Today, collectors are starting to notice the differences and rarity of each references, and specific reference like the 6538 “Big Crown”, 5514 “Comex”, 1665 “Double red” to the very prized Military Submariner such as the present example is highly popular among vintage enthusiast.
The Military Submariner made upon special request for the British Ministry of Defense, were issued from the 1972 to 1976. As these watches were specifically made for the military, the MOD has requested the brand with specifications for a watch that would meet their requirements. The requirements would include fixed bar lugs, oversized 60-minute calibrated bezel, large sword hands, and a luminous dial with an encircled “T” indicating the use of radioactive tritium. Additionally, each watch would be uniquely engraved with numbers that can be used to identify the military code (W10), NATO code (6645-99-9237697), issue number (753) and as well as issue year (76) of the person that watch was granted to.
Research suggest that there is a total of 3 references available for the Military Submariner, 5513, 5517/5513 (double reference) and 5517, and 4 different dial variations available, the non-serif dial, serif dial, smudge dial and lastly maxi dial. The present example reference 5517 with maxi dial is one of the most infrequent example of the Military Submariner to appear in the secondary market today. To the best of our knowledge, with only 1500 examples of the Military Submariner ever made and less than a third of them remains, this is a rare opportunity for anyone to pursue such a fine example.