30.08.2022 - Rolex

Sea-King perfection? Check out this limited edition Rolex

Fancy owning a piece of history?

We’re so excited to have in stock a limited edition watch that commemorates the decommissioning of the British Sea-King helicopter used by the British Military back in 1969.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master II we have on offer is a beautiful Stainless Steel model, complete with its original documentation and paperwork.

But first, let’s tell you while we’re so fascinated to have landed this watch.

Why the Reference 116710LN is so special

So not only is this timepiece a limited edition but this particular reference has flown many hours in the Sea-King including with the Marines in the Arctic, as well as on several Royal Naval ships and military mountain training in the Alps. It’s even been worn during more than 100 search and rescue missions in the Scottish highlands. The last remaining Sea-King retired in 2018.

Only 123 of these commemorative watches were created so we’re incredibly lucky to have one here at Luxe Watches. This model was only made available to serving or ex-serving members of the Armed Forces who had a connection with the aircraft.


Obviously the GMT Master II needs no introduction but the Sea-King is a limited edition watch powered by the Oyster Perpetual movement. This model has an Oyster bracelet featuring the Oysterlock safety clasp.

It features a black dial with a date indicator at 3 o’clock and a green second timezone hand.

The latter proved popular when Rolex set up a relationship with Pan Am Airlines. The extra green hand measures time in two different countries.

The Rolex also boasts a 24-hour rotatable bezel with black Cerachrom insert in ceramic and an engraved case-back. The caseback is embossed with the image of the MK-1 helicopter with the words ‘Fear God, Honour the King’ and ‘Sea-King since 1969’ written neatly -plus the unique edition number.

History of Sea-Kings 

The Sea-King helicopters – known throughout the Royal Navy as Baggers – have been the ‘eyes in the sky’ of the Navy since 2002, searching for aerial threats to the Fleet – or suspicious movements on the ground.

They got their nickname due to the distinctive inflatable black bag on the side of each helicopter.

The aircraft served in every British conflict since 1969 including the Falklands, Afghanistan and Gulf Wars but have now been decommissioned.

An ex-Royal Navy officer wanted to commission watches to be made to create the history of the incredible aircraft. Rolex loved the idea and engraved the caseback but never let the general public buy them.

In 2017 Rolex introduced an update of the model with enhancements including a new case and wider case lugs, which make the entire watch look bigger and bulkier.

Get in touch 

This beautifully engineered timepiece is fully waterproof to 100m and will be incredibly valuable in years to come. It’s presented with original accessories, including a guarantee card, and is offered in an extremely attractive, unworn condition.

 If you’d love this watch in your collection, give our sales team a call today.