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Rolex Submariner 5513 'Gilt'
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Oh, gilty goodness! This 5513 is the perfect example of all the things we love about a mid-1960s Rolex Submariner.This beauty from 1965 is an early execution of the iconic reference 5513 Submariner. During these formative years, 5513s were fitted with so-called ‘gilt dials’. These dials were created by a galvanic coating process, in which the dial plates were first stamped with a clear coating to define the text and chapter ring, after which a black substance was applied using a chemical binding process. The resulting glossy black finish and gilt details infuse this otherwise reserved toolwatch with a radiant glow.Another important feature on these early dials is the ‘meters first’ printing, which refers to the depth rating that states the meters first and the equivalent in feet second (“200m = 660ft). In the second half of the 1960s, Rolex switched to printing the feet before the meters to satisfy the growing American customer base. As a result, these gilt dials with ‘meters first’ printing are highly coveted among collectors.The dial on this particular 5513 does not only feature a gilt ‘meters first’ dial, but one that is in absolutely impeccable condition. On the dial we find thick tritium plots that have patinated to a wonderful custardy color that matches perfectly with the tritium lume in the handset. Unlike later Submariners (or its sister references, the 5512 and 1680), the 5513 features only two lines of text at the top half and two lines of text at the lower half of the dial. This detail gives the 5513 a wonderful clean and understated look. Not too much, not too little: just perfect for a toolwatch.This 5513 sports a 40 mm stainless steel case that is in amazing condition, especially considering its age. The lugs are thick and lines sharp, indicating that the watch was sparsely polished in the past. The original black aluminium bezel has faded to a pleasing anthracite color and the original stainless steel riveted Oyster bracelet is still in great condition.
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 luminous 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 in the 1962 classic ‘Dr. No’. The watch was also featured in ‘Goldfinger’ and ‘Thunderball’.Ref. 5513The 5513 is the longest-running Submariner reference, having been in production for a whopping 27 years (from 1962-1989). The rare pointed crown guards made their first appearance with this model and were later replaced by the rounded crown guards. The 5513 uses the caliber 1530 movement (and starting in the mid-1960s the slightly upgraded caliber 1520, which is not chronometer certified, and therefore has a dial that bears 2 lines of text (as opposed to the 4-line chronometer dials on the ref. 5512). Early executions of the 5513 featured the rare ‘meters first dial,’ because the depth rating in meters was printed before the rating in feet (“200m = 660ft). Around 1969, Rolex switched to printing the feet before the meters to satisfy the growing American customer base.
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