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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 - it dates to circa 1987 and features a glossy black dial with tritium luminescent elements, raised and surrounded by white gold. It is in excellent condition for its age, and was obviously well cared for by its previous owners. The dial and hands remain almost perfectly intact with beautiful patination, giving it that perfect look that vintage Sub buyers are after. The case is nice and fat, saved from the dreaded fate of over-polishing, and the bezel remains in good condition with crisp printing throughout.
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 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.
Stainless Steel Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding crown). Rolex Ref. 5513. Rolex Calibre 1520 Automatic Movement. Circa 1987.
Overall Condition: The watch is in very good condition overall, with light wear marks consistent with age and use. Bezel insert shows some wear at the “45” minute mark, case bevels are well preserved. Black gloss dial is in excellent condition. Steel Mercedes Handset is in matching condition. Ssigned crown. Screw case back, stamped 5512.
Includes Rolex 93150/580 HD Oyster Bracelet
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We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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