Photo Report: Inside The UK's Most Secretive Watch Collecting Club
After experiencing (a ton of) security upon our appearance, we crushed into a lift that took us to the highest level of the structure. It wasn’t well before the entirety of the watches were put on a huge table in the room. Many watches gave by Comex, the Marine Nationale, the South African Navy, and a lot more were in plain view. End of conversation. Banquet your eyes on the many, numerous watches gathered on a critical day.
Rolex Submariner Comex reference 5514.
First up, a ton of Rolexes, including this reference 5514, gave by Comex (Companie Maritime d’Expertise), which has a flawlessly uniform and brilliant patina.
Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 With Explorer Dial
Rolex Submariner 5513 With Faded Bezel
Another Rolex Submariner With Explorer Dial
Rolex Double Red Sea-Dweller (DRSD)
Rolex Sea Dweller Comex Reference 1665
Another Rolex DRSD
Later Submariner Comex Reference 5513
Another Rolex Sea-Dweller Comex
Rolex GMT Master Ref. 1675 for the UAE
More watches gave to the military, this time from Breguet, Panerai, and Tudor.
Breguet Type XX from the 1950s.
Heuer Bundeswehr chronograph.
Tudor MN ’77 Blue Snowflake Submariner.
Panerai Marina Militare.
Tudor Oyster Perpetual provided to the British North Greenland Expedition (1952-1954).
Next up, something non-military yet comparably truly significant. It was Tudor – not Rolex – that provided watches to individuals from the British North Greenland Expedition (1952-1954). Altogether, 26 were made, including this one having a place with Jock P. Masterton (J.P.M), the endeavor’s PCP. Its present proprietor got it on eBay a couple of years prior after “nobody needed it” – which is nuts!
Jock P. Masterton’s Tudor Oyster Prince.
Engraving on the rear of Jock P. Masterton’s Tudor Oyster Prince.
Rolex Oyster Cosmograph 6263 Paul Newman.
Reference 570 curiously large white-gold Calatrava.
Rolex Oyster Cosmograph 6265 Paul Newman.
Gennadi Mikhailovich Strekalov’s Omega Speedmaster.
Here’s another that doesn’t follow the topic of the day, yet is simply too acceptable to possibly be warded off. This is an Omega Speedmaster that has really flown in space, on the wrist of cosmonaut Gennadi Mikhailovich Strekalov, who wore it on five spacewalks (EVA) among May and June of 1995. Goodness, and it comes with Strekalov’s glove. The watch is fueled by type 861 (chronic number 48294756), and bears the engraving: “Flight qualified by NASA for all monitored space missions/The principal watch worn on the moon” on the back.
Time-just Omega dress watch, steel case, midcentury, with type 30T2RG.
Omega Speedmaster Professional, likely reference 145.022.
Omega Speedmaster 2998-5.
Rolex Chronograph reference 2303.
Finally, reference 2303. On the off chance that it looks minuscule on the wrist of its proprietor, and that is on the grounds that it is. Truth be told, this is the littlest chronograph at any point made by Rolex (during the 1930s). It quantifies just 28 mm, which is surprising for a solitary catch chronograph. That, and a couple of more exceptional watches.
Tudor “Home Plate” reference 7031.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer with honeycomb dial.
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