'SAS' Explorer II, Ref. 216570 Stainless steel wristwatch with 12-hour indication, date and bracelet Circa 2010
'SAS' Explorer II, Ref. 216570
Stainless steel wristwatch with 12-hour indication, date and bracelet
Movement: cal. 3187 automatic, 31 jewels
Case: stainless steel Oyster, engraved screw-down back
Case number: G'705'479
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex warranty, booklets and presentation case
Another SAS Rolex sold recently at Sotheby's for a hammer price of £35,000.
MVT: running at the time of cataloguing. Date advancing. CASE: with wear throughout consistent with age and use. Good proportions. DIAL: in very good condition.
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The British Special Air Service (SAS) was founded in 1941 as a Special Operations division of the British Army and has remained ever since one of the most respected military organisations in the world. In spite of its absolute secrecy, the unit is rumoured to employ 500 active soldiers and is infamous for its extreme recruitment and training methods.
In 2012 Rolex issued a limited series special order of Explorer II ref. 216570, exclusively retailed to SAS members. The present lot fitted with a black dial is part of it and has been preserved in very good condition and with its original accessories. The SAS motto “Who Dares Wins” is engraved on the case band while the back proudly displays the SAS logo, a knife with wings, matched by a personal serial number bearing the original owner’s initials.
This Special Air Service Explorer II represents the long lasting relationship between Rolex and international military forces, making it an extremely desirable watch for any discerning collector.
These pieces are highly sought after by the international watch community as demonstrated by another Explorer II 216570 SAS watch Sotheby's was entrusted to present, and which sold for a hammer price of £35,000.