1079. Rolex An extremely rare and fne stainless steel limited edition diver’s wristwatch made for the “Royal Navy Clearance Branch” with helium escape valve, date, bracelet and ring lock system, with guarantee card and ftted presentation box, numbered 38 of a limited edition of 50 pieces. 勞力士， 「Sea Dweller, Deepsea」型號116660，十分精細及罕有， 限量版精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶，配日期、排氦閥門，特為「Royal Navy Clearance Branch」限量發行50枚，編號第38號，約2013年製。附錶盒、 保證書和配件 Manufacturer Year
Reference No. Case No. Model Name Material Calibre
116660 G861’348, No. 38/50 Sea Dweller, Deepsea Stainless steel Automatic, cal. 3135, 31 jewels Bracelet/Strap Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 200mm Clasp/Buckle Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp Dimensions 44mm Diameter Signed Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed Estimate
HKD 240,000-400,000 USD 30,800-51,300 Accessories Further delivered with Rolex guarantee card dated 5th December 2013, instruction manual, hang tags, green wallet, bezel protector, copy of a handwritten letter from Graham Turnbull to buyer, copies of Graham Turnbull’s certifcates and qualifcations from “The British Royal Navy”, photographs of Graham Turnbull during a dive task, ftted presentation box and outer packaging.
Since the 1960s the Sea-Dweller has been a favourite within the collection community and with time new technologies evolved allowing for an increased dive rating. In 2008, Rolex ofered the public the Deepsea Sea-Dweller, which took the diving rating to an astonishing 12,800 feet (3900M). The new watch featured a 5-mm thick sapphire crystal with titanium alloy case back to ensure more rigidity, as well as the patented “Ring Lock System” that reduced stress on the case. In 2013, Rolex produced a limited edition Deepsea Sea Dweller to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Royal Navy Clearance Branch. These professional divers specialize in using explosives to remove underwater obstructions, initially formed during World War II, they keep ports and harbours cleared as well as removed explosive traps laid by the Germans. The model was made in 50 timepieces and the case back engraved with the Royal Navy Clearance Branch Diver’s crest. The present example, numbered 38 is in unused condition and is complete with the guarantee and presentation box.
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