Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 Circa 1967/68
The Rolex Submariner holds a storied history as one of the most iconic and enduring dive watches in horology. Its inception in 1953 marked a milestone in the world of underwater timepieces, designed specifically for divers with its water-resistant casing and rotating bezel for tracking dive times. Over the years, the Submariner evolved, incorporating improvements in materials and technology while maintaining its classic design. In the 1960s, Rolex introduced the Reference 5513, a model that cemented its place in watchmaking history. Known for its simplicity and robustness, the 5513 became an emblematic Submariner, featuring a clean dial without a date complication and a highly reliable movement, appealing both to professional divers and enthusiasts alike.
The Reference 5513 stands out as a significant milestone in the Submariner's lineage. Produced from the early 1960s to the late 1980s, the 5513 encapsulated the essence of a tool watch—utilitarian yet elegant. Its production span saw various dial configurations, including the sought-after "meters first" versions, where the depth rating started with meters before transitioning to feet. The 5513 garnered admiration for its durability and timeless design, becoming a collector's favorite due to its historical significance and enduring appeal. The simplicity of its matte black dial, the luminescent hour markers, and the distinctive Mercedes hands all contributed to the allure of the 5513, solidifying its place as an icon among Submariner enthusiasts.
This 1967/68, “Meters First” Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 exemplifies the epitome of vintage allure. This exceptional timepiece, in wonderful overall condition, showing stunning patina that enhances its character. Its original dial has aged beautiful and remains untouched and very well preserved. As a “Meters First” example, the depth rating is displayed with the measurement in meters appearing first, followed by the equivalent measurement in feet—notable because Rolex eventually transitioned to the "feet first” layout.
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