I am happy to offer a very early production of the British MOD (Ministry Of Defence) delivered Rolex Submariner. The reference 5517 is the rarest of all, and this one being one of the first production years (1971-1979), makes it even more appealing. The condition on this example is stunning, retaining its original dial and Sword´ hand´s set and its unique minute graduated bezel. About 1,200 such MOD models were manufactured, composed of both references, the 5513 and the 5517, one can only imagine how few are left and even more so in such condition.

The Rolex Military Submariner 5517 stands as an iconic timepiece renowned for its ruggedness, precision, and historic significance. Crafted exclusively for military use, particularly by elite units such as the British Royal Navy’s Special Boat Service (SBS) and Special Air Service (SAS), the 5517 embodies the essence of a tool watch designed to withstand the rigors of extreme environments and demanding missions.

Introduced in the 1970s, the 5517 was a specialized variant of Rolex’s legendary Submariner line. However, unlike its civilian counterparts, the Military Submariner featured distinct modifications tailored to military specifications. These alterations included fixed spring bars for increased durability, a large, easily readable sword-style hands and hour markers with luminous material for enhanced visibility in low-light conditions, and a unique bezel design with larger, more pronounced markings for improved usability underwater.

One of the most notable features of the Military Submariner 5517 was its lack of Rolex branding on the dial. Instead, it bore only the circumspect “T” designation, denoting the presence of tritium luminescent material. This discreet labeling was intentional, aligning with military protocols for operational security and ensuring that the watch did not overtly advertise its manufacturer.

The 5517’s robust construction and exceptional reliability made it the timepiece of choice for elite military operatives conducting clandestine missions and underwater operations. Its water resistance, rated to depths of up to 200 meters (660 feet), surpassed the requirements of most conventional dive watches of its era.

Despite its limited production and exclusive distribution to military personnel, the Rolex Military Submariner 5517 has garnered immense admiration from collectors and enthusiasts worldwide. Its scarcity, coupled with its association with some of the most elite military units in history, has elevated its status to that of a highly coveted collector’s item.

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