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The first Rolex Submariner was launched in 1954 and has been in continuous production ever since, making it one of the longest running models of any timepiece made. Ever.
Of course, today, Rolex Submariners are significantly more… bling. With white gold surrounds and glossy black dials, the Submariner of today has become a status symbol and a piece of jewelry.
But from it’s origin, the Rolex Submariner was a stripped down tool watch, designed with one mission in mind. The clean, matte black dial and symmetrical hour plots was the hallmark of sub-aquatic, form-meets-function design. For decades, the Submariner was not a collectible Rolex; it was seen as a hardy watch chosen by those who needed something that could take a beating. And it did.
Inside the collectors circles, there are a lot of big terms thrown around. Fat font this, Mark IV that and a glut of opinions about what constitutes an 'unpolished' case.
At analog/shift, we think that all of this stuff clouds the most important parts of the process and often leads to people neglecting to see the forest for the trees. At the end of the day, taking a step back from the details can give you the real picture of the watch and allow you to know whether or not it's the right one for your collection.
This particular Ref. 5513 Submariner comes out of the private stores of a local collector and is excellent shape. With a 1.8 million serial that dates it to roughly 1967, this one has everything you want in a Sub and nothing you don't. With a very honest case showing no signs of over-polishing, a very nicely patinated meters-first matte dial with a perfect patina and a clean bezel with its original pip, this Sub is worthy of any discerning collector.
Stainless Steel Oyster Case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Reference 5513. Rolex 1520 Automatic Movement. Circa 1967.
Overall Condition: The watch is in very good condition over all. Rolex Oyster case shows no overt wear marks and shows no signs of over-polishing. Lugs remain thick and sharp. Genuine matte Rolex Maxi dial has faded very slightly. Luminous material is good condition and has taken on a light patina. Genuine Rolex handset matches dial flawlessly. Genuine bezel insert is in good condition and retains its original pip. Rolex Trip-Lock crown and case back.
Includes one 20mm Peat Strap by analog/shift and two 20mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.