1968 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) "Meters First"

$ 10,850

The Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 is the embodiment of the classic dive watch. The 5513 is simple yet sophisticated and rugged. The ref. 5513 was first introduced in 1962 and ceased production in late 1989. The ref. 5513 is a purpose-built dive watch that lacks the date function like other Rolex Submariner models.

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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.

Stock # RLXSM685513-8
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner
Model 5513
Serial 23XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black "Meters First"
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 9315 Folded-Link Oyster Bracelet W/ 280 End Pieces



The excellent case retains full and symmetrical lugs that show the original chamfers and exhibit signs of gentle polishing in the past and honest signs of light wear. The Mk III "fat font" bezel insert shows some wear and features a subtle anthracite grey color with the tritium pearl intact. The Rolex 9315 folded-link Oyster bracelet with 280 end pieces features some honest wear and retains 11 links that show minimal stretch for the age and style of the bracelet and will fit up to a 7 1/2-inch wrist.


The original matte black "Meters First" dial is in exceptionally well-preserved condition, displaying no damage and no visible age. The tritium lume plots have taken on a creamy yellow patina along with some darker brown portions in some of the plots as well, under UV light inspection the dial lume exhibits no degradation. The original hands have been professionally restored with tritium to match the dial.


None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.

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