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The Rolex Submariner is a classic, and there’s good reason why almost every collector winds up with a vintage Rolex sports model in their stash eventually- these are timeless, tough, do-anything, go-anywhere tool watches. Rolex has been producing Submariners uninterrupted since the watch was introduced in 1953, and while those first Big Crown subs are truly incredible pieces, we’ll have to wait for our lottery numbers to hit to get one of those strapped to our wrist.
This Meters First Reference 5513 is in excellent condition for its age, and was obviously well cared for by its previous owners. The dial and hands and developed an incredible even creamy patina, and the watch has the look that all vintage Sub buyers are after. The case is nice and fat, saved of the dreaded fate of over-polishing, and the bezel is in great condition, with the tritium pearl still intact (and matching the dial quite well).
The 5513 has become incredibly popular over the last couple years, and excellent examples have become frustratingly difficult to come by. With these watches, it’s really all about the balance of originality patina, and this example is about as nice as they come.
Stainless Steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown.) Rolex Reference 5513. Circa 1966.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic original condition throughout, with light signs of wear consistent with age and use, with no major blemishes or signs of over polishing. The matte black dial is in excellent condition, with a light even patina to the luminous material. Handset shows light patination. Luminous material in the hands shows no signs of cracking or sagging. Printing is crisp and sharp. Genuine Rolex bezel insert. Original Rolex case back and signed Trip-Lock crown.
Includes beige handmade leather strap and two 20mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.