Rolex Submariner 5513 'Maxi MK III Lollipop'Sold
Rolex Submariner 5513 'Maxi MK III Lollipop'
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While we love all vintage Submariners, there is one truly iconic vintage Sub: the reference 5513. With its timeless tool watch aesthetics, robust design, and impressive 27-year production run, the 5513 is a bonafide Rolex legend.This 5513 from 1981 sports a lovely matte-black dial with the iconic painted tritium markers. The tritium has turned into a lovely warm eggshell colour over time, perfectly matching the tritium in 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. This detail gives the 5513 a wonderful clean and understated look. Not too much, not too little: just perfect for a tool watch.Submariners produced in the years 1974-1984, like this one, feature what collectors call 'maxi dials'. These dials are characterised by significantly larger lume plots. These Maxi dials were produced in five different variations. This particular watch features a so-called 'Mark III' Maxi dial, most known for its lume plots touching the hash marks on the minute track. For this reason, these dials are also referred to by collectors as 'Lollipop dials', due to the resemblance to the beloved children’s candies.This 5513 sports a 40 mm stainless steel case that is in great condition, with thick lugs and sharp lines. The black aluminium bezel inlay has lightly faded over the years and features some scratches here and there. Finally, the accompanying stainless steel solid link Oyster bracelet is in great condition with little stretch, promising plenty of years of service to come.
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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