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Omega

'SAS' Seamaster Planet Ocean XL "22 Special Air Service" reference 22005200 A stainless steel automatic military wristwatch with helium escape valve and date, Circa 2010

Omega

Omega

'SAS' Seamaster Planet Ocean XL "22 Special Air Service" reference 22005200 A stainless steel automatic military wristwatch with helium escape valve and date, Circa 2010

'SAS' Seamaster Planet Ocean XL "22 Special Air Service" reference 22005200 A stainless steel automatic military wristwatch with helium escape valve and date, Circa 2010

Omega

'SAS' Seamaster Planet Ocean XL "22 Special Air Service" reference 22005200

A stainless steel automatic military wristwatch with helium escape valve and date, Circa 2010


Dial: black

Calibre: cal. 2500 automatic, 27 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw down back

Case number: 84'862'853 

Closure: stainless steel Omega bracelet with integrated folding clasp

Size: 45.5 mm

Signed: case, dial and movement 

Box: yes

Papers: yes

Accessories: Omega presentation box, booklet, warranty card, chronometer certificate, pictogram card, wallet and two additional links

Case: Case is in overall very good condition with little wear and surface scratching, case has strong proportions and likely unpolished with sharp edges and bevels. Case consistent with minimal use, case bands with visible surface scratches to the naked eye. Clasp with equivalent wear. Some minor scratches to aluminium bezel.


Dial: Overall excellent condition


Movement: time and date functions operating.

The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement.


Please note that 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 but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). 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 SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

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 undergo extreme recruitment and training programs. Considered as the pinnacle of a military career, the SAS motto “Who Dares Wins” perfectly describes the conquering spirit pioneered by its recruits.


The present watch is part of the confidential run sold to both enlisted and former members of the Special Air Service’s 22nd Regiment. The strong 45.5mm stainless steel case is designed to withstand the most hostile environment whether in the air or below the sea thanks to its helium escape valve and antimagnetic properties. Its profile bears the motivational “Always A Little Further”, quoting ‘The Golden Journey to Samarkand’, a poem written by James Elroy Flecker, which the 22nd regiment members are pressed to partially learn and retain during the selection process. This inspiring piece of literature is inscribed on the Clock Tower in Hereford and is of great emotional importance to the regiment. The back of the timepiece bears the Winged Dagger, emblem of the SAS, juxtaposed by the resonating motto “Who Dares Wins”. However, the most singular element to the back remains the personal military number, identifying the actual owner and SAS 22nd Regiment member. This serial number is referred to as the “Zap”. It is described as every recruit’s new identity, as these reference codes are used in all communications, allowing the soldiers to remain anonymous to the outside world. 


This SAS Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean XL remains in exceptional condition. 


Furthermore, the watch is sold on behalf of its original owner, translating into collector vocabulary as the most direct and fascinating provenance one could wish for.