Rolex Submariner 5513 'Gilt, Meters First'

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The 5513 was introduced in the early '60s. Gilt, glossy 'Meters First Dials' were used until 1966. Gilt refers to the printing on the dial, which is gold. ‘Meters First’ refers to the meters (200m) depth rating being displayed before the feet (660ft) depth rating on the dial. The 5513 Amsterdam Vintage Watches has on offer is from '64. Two years later the production of this type of dials stopped. The gilt dials got replaced by the matte ‘Meters First Dials'. Around 1969, 'Feet First Dials' also appeared on the market to increase sales in USA and in 1970, Rolex exclusively produced 'Feet First' versions. So, the 'Meters First Dials', especially the gilt ones, were produced for a relative short period and are therefore rare and highly collectible. The example we have has a dark-yellow/orange-coloured tritium index, which looks breath-taking together with the clean gilt dial. A feature, we think is very cool, is this example's faded MK II bezel which has taken on a grey colour. The watch comes on a stainless steel USA riveted Oyster bracelet. The USA riveted bracelets have hollow screws in the links whereas the European ones have solid pins. It runs on the calibre 1520.

Introduction

Rolex SubmarinerIn 1953, Rolex introduced one of the world’s first wrist watches geared specifically towards divers: the Submariner. Rolex had to confront a number of challenges when designing its first dive watch. The watch obviously had to withstand significant amounts of pressure and had to accurately measure time spent underwater, which the first Submariner achieved by featuring a 330ft/100m depth rating and a rotating diving bezel. It also had to be easily legible in conditions of reduced visibility yet aesthetically pleasing. Hence, the Sub’s iconic large white hour markers and Mercedes hands set against a contrasting black dial. The Submariner is the most iconic and desirable luxury watch of all time and has been adopted by luminaries such as Jacques Cousteau, Che Guevara, and none other than James Bond. Our favorite Bond, Sean Connery, wore a Big Crown Sub (early reference of the Submariner with a big crown and without crown guards) in the 1962 classic ‘Dr. No’. The watch was also featured in ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’.Reference 5513The Submariner reference 5513 was produced from 1962 to 1989. This model features crown guards, which were made to protect the Oyster crown. The pointed crown guards made their first appearance on the 5513 and were not much later 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 just 2 lines of text instead of 4 lines, which is the case for Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified watches.

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