'Sea-King' GMT-Master II, Ref. 116710 Stainless Steel Dual Time Military Wristwatch With Date And Bracelet Circa 2014
'Sea-King' GMT-Master II, Ref. 116710
Stainless Steel Dual Time Military Wristwatch With Date And Bracelet
Calibre: cal. 3186 automatic, 31 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back with Sea King helicopter engraving
Case number: O9'TC4'567
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with folding clasp
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex guarantee card, leather document holder, booklet and presentation case
Dial: in excellent condition.
Case: in great condition with what appear to be protective stickers to the lugs and bands. There is only absolutely minimal surface wear visible, as the watch appears to never have been worn.
Movement: is running at the time of cataloguing and the date advancing.
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. Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
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This rare limited-edition GMT-Master II was produced by Rolex to commemorate the Sea King Helicopter, of which they only made 123 pieces. The Sea King was in British service from 1969 and was used by both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. It is perhaps most well-known for in its capacity as a Royal Navy Search and Rescue and RAF Search and Rescue Force helicopter. The last remaining Sea King was retired in 2018.
These specially commissioned GMT-Master II models were only sold to serving or ex serving members of the Armed Forces associated to the Sea King helicopters and were never available to the general public.
Rolex and the British Army have had close a relationship and collaborations for decades. Modern limited editions made for special forces are extremely sought-after by discerning collectors.
This lot is numbered 064/123. It is presented in unworn brand new condition still with its protective stickers and with its original accessories including the Guarantee card.