A highly rare and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box, made for the Peruvian Air Force

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1973
    Reference No: 1680 inside caseback stamped with repeated serial number 3'740'512
    Movement No: D'592'133
    Case No: 3'740'512
    Model Name: Red Submariner "FAP"
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 185mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped C
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex guarantee, wallet and presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    A superlative example, the present watch is one of probably only a handful of Red Submariners delivered to the Peruvian Air Force that still retains its original guarantee and presentation box. While it is commonly known that the Peruvian Air Force ordered a number of Cosmograph Daytonas during the 1970s, they had also requested an exceedingly small number of Submariners during this period.

    Its state of preservation is absolutely remarkable. Displaying thick bevels, crisp edges and sharp engravings, the present watch is a marvel indeed. The caseback, like all "FAP" watches displays "Fuerza Aérea del Perú" as well as the three digit code "104" on the bottom. Most of these three digit numbers have been rubbed out with general wear, yet this one remains evident. It is interesting to note that there is a small hole on the outer case back, near the "teeth". This hole was used to secure the case back when Rolex stamped the markings. Furthermore, the inside case back is stamped with a repeated inside case back number, another sign of a special order watch.

    The dial is also preserved in excellent and extremely attractive condition. The luminous dots have aged evenly with the hands, and now display warm patina. Furthermore, all the graphics remain intact and vivid.

    While it is an incredibly rare opportunity to handle such a distinguished timepiece, it's even more extraordinary to have the opportunity to acquire one.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 1680 inside caseback stamped with repeated serial number 3'740'512
A highly rare and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with date, bracelet, guarantee and presentation box, made for the Peruvian Air Force

Circa 1973
39mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF50,000 - 80,000 
€47,000-75,200
$51,500-82,400

sold for CHF72,500

Contact Specialist

Alexandre Ghotbi
Head of Watches, Continental Europe and the Middle East

41 79 637 1724
aghotbi@phillips.com

The Geneva Watch Auction: XI

Geneva Auction 27 - 28 June 2020