Rolex Submariner 5513 'Bart Simpson'

The 5513 was introduced in the early '60s.

Museum Piece
Rolex SubmarinerIn 1953, Rolex introduced one of the world’s first wrist watches geared specifically towards divers: the Submariner.

Introduction

The 5513 was introduced in the early '60s. Gilt, glossy 'Meters First Dials' were used until '66/'67. Gilt refers to the printing on the dial, which appears to be 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 '66. It has a glossy gilt dial that has patinated in a beautiful way. The type of lacquer used for the late gilt dials have a stronger tendency to discolour than other (gilt) dials. This dial colour on this fellow is very dark brown with light-brown - in certain light, even copper-coloured - spcikles. Also, because of a special mixture of tritium and luminescent material used back then, the watch has a very puffy lume. The printing of the text on the dial is very yellow. All together, the patina gives this watch its very own character. Another nice feature is that this watch has a 'Bart Simpson' dial. The 'Bart Simpson' dial can be found on late gilt dial 5513s of which most seem to come from 1966. These dials have coronets that look like the cartoon figure Bart Simpson's hair. Some other details we can find on the 'Bart Simpson' dials are the close spacing of 'Rolex' on the dial, the alignment of the horizontal crosses in the 'f' and 't' in 660 ft. The bezel has faded from black to grey and matches very well to the colours of the dial. The watch comes on a stainless steel riveted Oyster bracelet and runs on the calibre 1520.

Description

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.