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The Transglobe expedition 1979-1982 Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Charlie Burton & Oliver Shephard.

February 15 2012 at 12:08 PM

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In 1979 Rolex presented 3 1655's to the transglobe expedition members.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Charles Burton and Oliver Shephard.

In 1972 Rans wife, Ginny, conceived the circumpolar idea. For seven years they strove to raise support for it and in 1979 set out from Greenwich in a thirty-year-old ice strengthened vessel, Benjamin Bowring, with a colourful crew of volunteers from many countries and backgrounds. The first circumpolar journey round the earth, led
by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, was described in the New York Times as the worlds last great adventure.

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3 1/2 years later Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Charlie Burton successfully completed the first circumnavigation of the world through both poles overland.

Oliver Shephards wife threatened divorce after 2 years and he went back to London.

Rolex changed the dial and hand set for Shephard.

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I spoke with Sir Ranulph on the telephone recently and he told me he lost his Transglobe 1655 in the 1980's.

Oliver Shephard eventually gifted his 1655 to his 18 Year old nephew who immediately sold it and bought a Range Rover.

Charlie Burton died a few years ago and his 1655 is the proud possession of his son Mark Burton.

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