Rolex Submariner 5513 'Meters First'

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The 5513 was introduced in the early ’60s. In 1966, the matte ‘Meters First Dials’ replaced the gilt, glossy ‘Meters First’. It refers to the meters (200m) depth rating being displayed before the feet (660ft) depth rating on the dial. This subtle difference is rare and interesting for collectors.This fine example comes from 1967, so the watch is more than 50 years old. No need to say that this watch has served his purpose. The inlay has faded into a brown color and that's not something which can be reproduced. This watch has been worn and used, which gives it so much more character than a modern Submariner. The matte black dial, tritium index and hands have aged beautifully to a greenish colour. This 5513 comes on a period-correct, stainless steel, folded Oyster bracelet. The case, which measures 40 mm, is in good condition and still has sharp bevelled edges. The watch is powered by the calibre 1520.


Rolex SubmarinerVisionary Hans Wildorf set out to make the world’s first waterproof and dust proof wristwatch and so in 1926 the ‘Oyster case’ was created. Then later on in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was born, with a water depth rating of 330ft/100M making it one of the world’s first wristwatches designed for the upcoming sport of scuba diving. The wristwatch was created for divers who needed a precise watch which could scale to such depths and be a reliable and accurate way of measuring (with the turning bezel) the time spent underwater. A major aspect of creating such a time piece was to make it easily legible yet aesthetically pleasing, hence the large contrasting white tritium hour markers and Mercedes hand on the black dial. The rugged look was adopted by no other than himself Mr Bond. (Sean Connory as Bond wore it in 1962’s ‘Dr. No’. The watch was also featured in the later ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’ movie.) A legend was born and overtime it proved to be arguably one of the best, most desirable and iconic luxury watch of all time.Reference 5513 The Submariner 5513 was produced between 1962 until 1989. This Submariner model features crown guards which were to protect the Oyster crown. The rare pointed crown guards made their first appearance with this model and were later on replaced by the rounded crown guards. The base calibre for the 5513 is the 1530, which is not chronometer certified and therefore the dial bears 2 lines of text (Instead of 4-lines chronometer dials)


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