Rolex “The Comex ref. 5514”

Model: ,
Year of issue: 1977
Reference number: 5514
Condition: hardly worn
Status: sold
Dealer country: Monaco
Price in EUR € n/a


Outstanding and very rare steel Rolex COMEX Submariner Ref. 5514, manufactured in 1977. Reference 5514 was developed by Rolex under a special request of the Compagnie Maritime d’Expertise or “COMEX”, a specialist French diving company within the oil industry. Rolex developed a special Helium gas escape valve fitted into their cases at 9 o’clock position, whose function was to release the gas pressure and prevent the watch to burst during the divers’ resurfacing and decompression. The present specimen is preserved in spectacular condition. The dial features the unmistakable COMEX logo . The outside case back is also engraved “ROLEX COMEX “ and features the issue number 806. COMEX ref. 5514 definitely represents one of the rarest and sought-after of all Submariner models. Case n: 5230xxx Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1520 Diameter: 39 mm Box & Papers: none Manufactured in 1977


Corrado Mattarelli

The Rolex Submariner

The Rolex Submariner is without a doubt one of the most successful Rolex models in history. Not only because it more than aptly served its purpose as diver’s watch, although I am pretty sure only a small number of Submariners has ever seen a spat of water. Its appearance in several James Bond movies certainly helped as well. If you omit functionality and marketing, the Submariner success is mainly due to its elegance as a timeless dress watch. It’s just one of those watches you keep looking at, regardless of wanting to know the time of day. The Submariner was launched in 1953 and officially presented at the Basel Fair in 1954. Check out my RPReport about the Rolex Submariner History by following this link...