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Selling for a new house and world auction record price of £192,000 (inclusive of premium) was this very rare vintage Rolex Submariner 5512 with the 3-6-9 Explorer dial.

Purchased by the vendors late father, a former RAF officer in the early 1960s, the watch had remained in the family since and amazingly came with all the boxes and papers, it was also in great condition for the period with odd mark and glass scratch excused!

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These rare Submariners with Explorer dials were believed to be produced in very small numbers during the late 1950s and early 1960s.

A similar watch with this style of dial was sold at Bonhams, 15th December 2010, ex lot 434 for what was then a staggering £78,000. Only a few examples are known to collectors with this style of dial printing.

As a result of this success, another ‘gem’ has appeared from a local vendor and will be sold on the 26th October 2016. See details here