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Rolex Submariner 5513 'Maxi MK II'
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While we love all vintage Submariners, there is a truly iconic one: the reference 5513. With its timeless tool watch aesthetics, robust design, and impressive 27-year production run, it's a bonafide Rolex legend.
This 5513 from 1979 sports a lovely matte black dial with the iconic painted tritium markers. The dial is in excellent condition and the tritium markers have turned into a lovely warm and creamy color over time, which perfectly matches the tritium in the pearl and the 18k white gold hand set. 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 giving the watch a wonderful clean and understated look.
In addition to everything else this watch features an aluminium bezel inlay that has aged to a very cool midnight blue color and just looks perfect together with the yellow-colored index and hands. The 40 mm stainless steel case is in great condition with thick lugs and sharp edges. The watch even sports the original solid link stainless steel Oyster bracelet from 1979.
This 5513 is not too much, not too little: just perfect for a tool watch.
In 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 tritium 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’.