July 20, 2016
In early to mid 1970s, Great Britain used the Rolex Submariner reference 5513 as a source for its military watch. There were only a few hundred of those watches issued which makes them quite rare and highly collectible. In a sense, it is limited edition watch which is an unusual item for Rolex to produce. This particular military submariner is an incredible example with all the correct features including Bexley paperwork and Rolex service papers.
The case is in excellent condition with very little polish wear and a well defined bevel on the lugs. The military issue numbers on the back of the case are crisp. The bezel insert has a slight fade and has turned to a dark grey color.
The original dial and sword hands are in excellent condition with spectacular matching crème color patina. According to the Bexley paperwork, this Rolex military submariner was issued to Her Majesty's Dockyard Chatham in 1975. In today's watch market, it is extremely difficult to find such a great example of a military submariner that is accompanied with the original Bexley letter and service papers. The Bexley service center has closed and these letters are not available anymore which adds tremendous value to the watch.
This rare and highly collectible Rolex Military Submariner watch is for sale only at Matthew Bain, Inc.