1967 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5512) "Meters First" W/ Box & Papers
The Rolex Submariner reference 5512 is the embodiment of the classic dive watch. The 5512 is simple yet sophisticated and rugged whilst becoming increasingly more uncommon and collectible. ref 5512 was first introduced in 1958 and ceased production in late 1978. The Rolex reference 5512, like the 5513, is a purpose-built dive watch that lacks the date function.
The defining difference between the Rolex Submariner ref. 5512 and 5513 is the caliber of the movement. Both references began life with the Rolex cal. 1530 movement, but the 5512 soon adopted the chronometer-certified cal. 1560 movement, and later the cal. 1570 movement. Shortly after its inception, and with the integration of these more advanced movement calibers, the Rolex ref. 5512 adorned the iconic 4-lines of text on the dial, in the notation of its chronometer-rated timekeeping capabilities. This is the only visible differentiator of the ref. 5512 from the ref. 5513 and the most common method collectors use to identify between the references, as the ref. 5513 is classically known for its 2-lines of text. The ref. 5512 is much rarer than the 5513, as it was more expensive to produce and not as popular for its retail price. It's said that for every ten 5513s made in the 1970s, one 5512 was made
The depth rating began appearing on Submariner dials in late 1955 and was standard on all models by 1956. Early depth ratings were printed with the rating meters first, followed by the number in feet. This continued until early 1970 when Rolex made the switch to a feet-first depth rating, reportedly to appeal to the expanding US market.
This incredible "Meters First" ref. 5512 Rolex Submariner is a truly rare find, retaining its original Rolex box, Rolex Chronometer Certificate, Rolex Guarantee pamphlet, and an early Rolex service invoice. Apart from the accessories, this ref. 5512 Submariner is a very beautiful and well-preserved example, exuding vintage charm and a rugged aesthetic.
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The excellent case was recently polished to resemble factory-like geometry and dimensions, boasting crisp champers and finishing throughout the full and symmetrical lugs that show almost no signs of use. The Mk III "thin font" bezel insert is an early service replacement that shows light signs of honest use and retains its tritium pearl that matches the dial nicely but does show some wear. The trip-lock crown is an early service replacement as well. The Rolex 9315 Oyster bracelet with 380 end pieces retains 11 links that show light scuffing but very little stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/2-inch wrist.
The original matte black "Meters First" 4-line dial is in very impressive overall condition, showing light, but honest age throughout with no actual damage present. The early tritium lume plots have aged to a creamy patina and feature no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands have taken on a dark patina that is common for this lume type and era, under U.V. light inspection the minute hand shows some lite degradation and remains stable, and the hour and seconds hands show no degradation.
The watch comes complete with its original green Rolex box, Rolex chronometer certificate, Rolex guarantee pamphlet, and Rolex service invoice. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.