View full screen - View 1 of Lot 11. Military Royal Navy Clearance Diver Deepsea Sea-Dweller, Ref. 116660 Stainless steel wristwatch with gas escape valve, date and bracelet Circa 2013.
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Rolex

Military Royal Navy Clearance Diver Deepsea Sea-Dweller, Ref. 116660 Stainless steel wristwatch with gas escape valve, date and bracelet Circa 2013

Rolex

Rolex

Military Royal Navy Clearance Diver Deepsea Sea-Dweller, Ref. 116660 Stainless steel wristwatch with gas escape valve, date and bracelet Circa 2013

Military Royal Navy Clearance Diver Deepsea Sea-Dweller, Ref. 116660 Stainless steel wristwatch with gas escape valve, date and bracelet Circa 2013

Rolex

Military Royal Navy Clearance Diver Deepsea Sea-Dweller, Ref. 116660

Stainless steel wristwatch with gas escape valve, date and bracelet

Circa 2013


Dial: black

Calibre: cal. 3135 automatic, 27 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw-down back

Case number: G'678'505

Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp

Size: 44 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: yes

Papers: no

Accessories: Rolex wallet, booklets and presentation case

MVT: running at the time of cataloguing. Date advancing. CASE: in very good condition. Unworn and retaining all original protective stickers. DIAL: in very good condition.



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The present lot is number 33 of only 50 pieces produced. It is in unworn original condition still bearing its protective stickers, accompanied by its original accessories and consigned by its original owner. 

Faithful to its close relationship with some of the elite British military forces, Rolex produced this limited edition Deep-Sea for the Royal Navy Clearance Diver Branch, which is considered as "the most dangerous underwater job in the world". Its members are regarded as the most skilled divers, minesweepers, obstacle removers and UWFP (Underwater Force Protection) in the world. The training to become part of the branch is famous for being extremely difficult, with some selections that had 100% failure rate.  


Produced in 2013, this confidential edition was never available to the public and celebrated the success of many highly perilous missions and the creation of the Branch about 60 years earlier. 


While the front of the watch looks like a normal production 116660, the back of it reveals the Clearance Diver emblem with two dolphins on either side of a diving helmet and the crown. The back also features the name of the branch, the number of the limited edition and the initials of the diver.


This lot is a highly exclusive and one of the most collectible modern Rolex watches. It is a privilege to present such an important and fascinating piece.