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Dial Style: round
Numer of Jewels: 25j
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Sold Date: 15-06-2005
Courtesy of Antiquorum

"U. S. Navy Prototype" Tudor, Oyster Prince, Submariner, Rotor, self winding, Ref. 7206, case No. 5321976. Prototype made in few examples in 1982 for the US Navy, production was never undertaken. Fine and exceptionally rare, asymmetrical, center seconds, self winding, water resistant, stainless steel military wristwatch with date. C. Three-body, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back andcrown, 12-hour graduated revolving steel bezel, protected by the hooded lugs, "Triplock" winding-crown at 4 o'clock protected by a "crown guard", domed crystal, elongated lugs with detachable hoods. D. Black with tritium-coated Arabic numerals and baton indexes, aperture for the date. Tritium-coated steel "skeleton" hands. M. Cal. 2834-2, rhodium-plated, 25 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock-absorber, self-compensating flat balance-spring. Dial, case and movement signed. Dim. 56 x 39 mm. Thickness: 17 mm. Estimate: 22,000 USD - 27,000 USD Estimate: 17,000 EUR - 20,000 EUR Grading system C 3 D 3 - 01 M 33* AAA -- The case of this watch is perfectly engineered for heavy military use. Its large size ensures that the wrist will be completely covered, thereby preventing the injuries sometimes caused by violent impacts to smaller watches, the winding crown positioned at 4 o'clock, with its sloping crown guard, affords better protection than the standard configuration of crown and guard at 3. The rounded hoods covering the lugs reduce the possibility of the watch's becoming caught in equipment and also act as locks for the bezel. The steel rotating 12-hour bezel effectively gives an hour and minute recorder which is invaluable in military operations. Overall, this watch was designed for only one purpose, to tell time in some of the harshest environments and under the most extreme conditions, the types of activity that are synonymous with the U. S. Navy Commandos. According to unofficial information from Rolex, only a few prototypes by Tudor were given to the U. S. Navy. This is the third "Tudor" "U. S. Navy Prototype" watch known to exist. Three such watches are known under the brand name "Tudor" ; only four other such watches are known under the name of " Rolex". Similar Tudor watches were sold by Antiquorum: New York, May 1998, ; November 2004, ; and Geneva, April 2004, . I15-06-2005 Sold including buyer's premium:13,225 USD