By Eric Yang
on 6.1.10

Unique and utilitarian vintage timepieces, qualifiers that are in like a raging tsunami, are rarely embodied better than a classic Rolex with dive strap. Granted, one of the biggest hurdles when purchasing a vintage timepiece is not just finding solid product, but identifying a trustworthy procurement source. Worse, the two in tandem are practically rarified gold. Turn your attention to Antiquorum’s June 10th auction, Lot 63: a vintage British Military Rolex Perpetual Oyster Submariner (Ref. 5513) or just look above.

We’ll give you a moment to swoon before hitting the jump. Brought to our attention by A Continuous Lean.

Take NoteIf you’re wondering how the hell to go about buying a vintage watch, you can find a fantastic write-up over at Men’s Journal or read our very own Jason Heaton’s account of becoming a budding collector. Capital “C”.

Manufactured in 1972 for issue to the Royal British Navy, this rare automatic water-resistant (200 meters) Oyster Perpetual Submariner Rolex is certified by Rolex UK confirming delivery to the British Ministry of Defense in 1975. The case is polished and brushed with a screwed-down case back and crown and engraved with military and serial numbers. A bi-directional revolving black bezel, black face, luminous indexes and hands, rhodium-plating, 26 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, mono-metallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating flat balance spring, and hack mechanism round out this 40mm piece of history.

Rare. Unique. Vintage. A bit like the man we expect you’re turning into.

Buy Now Bid: $20,000-$30,000 (Estimated Auction Price)

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