Rolex Submariner; reference 5513, bears the case number 62515XX dating from 1979, although the Bucherer, Lucerne papers aren’t dated until February 1981. It’s one of the most pristine ones that I have ever seen
The 5513 were the first to introduce the ‘Crown guards’ or ‘shoulders’ and became the archetype for all diver’s watches. What makes this one particularly desirable is that it has the matt dial, the original heavy domed crystal and the hack seconds facility. This watch case is still as new with the lug edge polished bevels still perfect.
This is a penultimate model with the heavy case, rounded crown shoulders and the matt dial with the printing in white and the indices have discoloured to an even beige/cream tone. What is nice is that it has the rare & desirable ‘Maxi’ dial; this is the second version where the word ‘Submariner’ is above the depth reading. The dial is, of course, marked 660 ft = 200m and has the italic ft/m markings and the much sought after ‘open’ 6s.
The watch was originally sold outside North America as can be seen by the movement which is the hack seconds 25 jewel cal 1520 rather than the 17 jewel version sold in North America. The movement has Kif flector shock protection.
The 5513 has suddenly become desirable, as it is obviously a Rolex but now, after 20 years of sapphire glass models, has a “vintage” look whilst still being an everyday useable watch. Note the appearance of the 5513 on the wrists of models in all the high end advertisements and in their mail order catalogues.
The case & bezel are both 95% and the movement and dial are both 95+%.
The watch measures 40mm Diam, 48mm lug to lug and is 14mm high; it takes a 20mm strap and the correct heavy fliplock oyster bracelet is fitted to the watch.
£17,500.00 (approx. $23,500.00 US)