Rolex Submariner
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Rolex Submariner

Why We Love It

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 - 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, most of us will have to wait for our lottery numbers to hit to get one of those strapped to our wrist.

This Reference 5513 represents the end of an era - its "L" serial dates it to circa 1989 and it features a glossy black dial with tritium luminescent elements, raised and surrounded by white gold. The dial and hands remain in outstanding condition with a rich, creamy patination, giving it a perfect look. It has a nice thick case devoid of over-polishing and its timing bezel shows a faint bluish hue with an intact and matching pip. It comes fitted to a solid link 93150 Oyster Bracelet with signed Flip-Lock clasp.

The 5513 has become incredibly popular over the last few years, and excellent examples have become frustratingly difficult to come by. There’s truly a kind of elegance in the symmetry of the dial that defies explanation. While words like “beautiful” and “jaw-dropping” spring to mind, we’ll wrap it up with this thought: we can’t get enough of it.

The Story

The Reference 5513 is arguably one of the most desirable examples of Submariner out there. Produced from 1962 until 1989, the Reference 5513 is probably the longest-running model of Rolex ever. Following on the heels of the 5512, the 5513 was the second reference of Sub to feature crown guards.

However, due to the 5512’s relative rarity on the collector’s circuit, it’s the 5513 that has come to typify vintage no-date Subs in the minds of collectors.

Long viewed by collectors as the purest expression of Submariner, the 5513 is the last great no-date Sub. Although Rolex still makes Submariners without dates, the 5513 retains the smaller diameter (39mm) case and slimmer proportions that distinguish vintage Submariners from modern.

Details

SKU: AS03896

Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 5513. Circa 1989.

Overall Condition: The case is in very good condition overall showing light wear consistent with age and use and no signs of over-polishing. Luminous gloss black dial is in excellent condition with rich even patina and matching handset. Lightly faded bezel insert with intact aged pip. Signed Trip-Lock crown.

Includes solid link stainless steel Oyster bracelet (93150/580) with signed Flip-Lock clasp.

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