MILSUB ( MILITARY ISSUE ROLEX SUBMARINER )
A fine untouched and original example of a Military issue (Royal Navy) Rolex submarinmer. This one has full 60 min bezel insert and sword hands, very rare to find one like this. still with its lucky owner after many years...
Girl and Milsub
My Wife Rachael, wearing my milsub, once she gets her hands on it, I find it very hard to get it back, she loves it!
Military issue 5517 submariner
Ref 5517 specific to Submariners ordered for the MOD, this ref was not available to the public.
One of my earlier sword hand Milsubs
The Military issue Rolex Submariner, or Milsub as they have become known. This one is a 5513 model , one of a number made especially for the Navy and supplied in 1976. It has solid bars fixed into the lugs so it can be fitted with a nylon strap. With a normal strap there is always a danger of losing the watch if one pin fails. The strap was also the method of attatchment to the divers swimboard, a rectangular board which also had a depth guage and compass, the Navy diver used the swimboard for basic navigation when attack swimming ships for planting limpet mines etc. The other important factor is less metallic material for when diving on magnetically influenced mines.
MILSUB WITH BLACK STRAP
MILSUB WITH GREY STRAP (Grey was standard Navy issue for Clearance divers)
Page from BR 2806 British military Diving manual
This is a page from BR 2806 Military divng manual 1972 issue.(divers bible) Including information and instructions regarding Military issue watches. Swimmer with swimboard as previously mentioned. This manual contained information on procedures, equipment and decompression tables. See photo in memorabilia section.
Clearance divers equipment
From the diving manual, this shows 2 divers in full dress for Clearance diving.
Detail of CDBA
Detail from the manual of the CDBA rebereather set used by Clearance divers, used both for pure O2 for shallow attack type swimming or mixed gas for deeper minehunting diving.
Signed receipt for Navy issue Rolex
An ultra rare piece of Naval diving memorabilia. A signed receipt for a Navy issue Rolex submariner. Kindly given to me by Shorty Lougher, This was the Stores receipt for returning the watch when he left the Far East Diving Team (Singapore)in 1968. I wonder where that watch is now!