Rolex Submariner 5513 'Meters First' Dial

  • Condition: Excellent
  • Model: 5513
  • Movement: Automatic
  • Strap Length: 190mm
  • Scope: Original Box
  • Year: C. 1968
  • Case Width: 40mm
  • Listing ID: SD027446
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This watch is in excellent condition, with some very light and even wear across the case and bracelet. The dial is clean and the lume has a gentle beige patina. The bevels on the lugs are still visible.

Watch comes with original box.

The Rolex ref. 5513 is, to many, the definitive Submariner. Produced between 1962 and 1989, it holds the record as Rolex's longest-produced Submariner. It's the simplest in terms of design, with no date. The 5513 did, however, evolve considerably throughout its production life, making it hard to nail down what exactly makes the reference so special. While the earliest and latest models featured glossy dials, most of the watches in between featured matte black dials. The 5513 featured tritium lume plots, but the matte painted plots of the earlier examples contrast to the applied plots on the last models. Despite this, collectors are drawn to the name and simplicity of the 5513, making them a staple amongst vintage Rolex collectors.


Known by many simply as "the Crown", Rolex has certainly done much to deserve its reputation. From its founding just over a century ago by a German immigrant in the UK, Rolex has grown to become an international behemoth, recognisable (and indeed visible) across the globe.

Compared to other modern watchmakers, Rolex is in the near-unique position where its vintage watches have developed an almost entirely distinct collector base. It's no surprise, however, given the diversity and iconic status of so many Rolex models. The vintage Rolex community has arguably brought vintage watch collecting into the mainstream by shedding light on the beauty of old, worn watches which had so long been ignored by most.
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