Up for grabs is an exceptionally rare Torney Rayville “TR900”. As the story goes, in the mid-1960s, these dive watches were supplied to the U.S. Navy by a man named Allen V. Tornek, after he found a way to sell a foreign dive watch – the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms – regardless of a prohibition on foreign watches, as part of a “Buy American” Act/Initiative that prevented Blancpain and all other non-U.S.-based companies from supplying the Navy. A total of approximately 1,000 examples were made in the early 1960s, and most were destroyed either in use or by the Navy themselves, making the survivors a rare find. This particular example is whats known as a “sterile” dial, meaning that the dial was redone by the Navy watchmaker during service, and can be seen on a number of examples known to the market.
This Tornek Rayville TR900 is in great vintage condition. The case is unpolished and in amazing condition. The dial remains untouched since undergoing a remake by Navy watchmakers, and the original bakelite bezel is in excellent condition, with no cracks.
The caseback still shows the military issue number, and has an amagnetic mark, meaning that it was approved by the Navy watchmaker as being properly made amagnetic, as seen on a number of other examples that have come to market.