1977 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) Pre-Comex Dial W/ Box & Service Papers

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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This 1977 Rolex Submariner ref. 5513 is in absolutely stunning condition and retains its original Pre-Comex dial. The Pre-Comex dial is only seen in the 5 mil serial range cases and the name "Pre-Comex" was coined for this dial as it shared a lot of the same dial fonts and characteristics of the Rolex ref. 5514 Comex watches.

The unique characteristics of the Pre-Comex dials are:

  • Open 6‘s in the depth rating.
  • The Rolex coronet is very fat at the bottom
  • The “=” sign in the depth rating sits directly above and slightly to the left of the “A” in “SUBMARINER” instead of being in the center or slightly to the right as seen in the other dials
  • The letter “L” in “ROLEX” sits left of center under the coronet and features strong serifs.
Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner
Model 5513
Serial 51XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black "Pre-Comex"
Millimeters 40
Strap Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet W/ 580 End Pieces



The strong case features thick and symmetrical lugs that retain subtle chamfers with minimal signs of previous polishing present and gentle signs of use. The original Mk. III "fat-font" bezel insert is truly exceptional and retains its matching tritium pearl while featuring a handsome dark grey fade and virtually no signs of use. The original Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces retains 11 links that display light stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/2-inch wrist. 


The original and rare "Pre-Comex" Submariner dial is virtually perfect and simply stunning, showing no damage or notable elements of age. The tritium lume plots have achieved a rich creamy yellow patina and exhibit no degradation under UV light inspection. The era-correct tritium hands are a shade more saturated than the dial, matching the overall aesthetic of the watch with no degradation exhibited when inspected under UV light. The Rolex service paperwork included with the watch notates the hands being replaced with luminova service units, however, the previous owner had the hands restored back to era-correct tritium units prior to our acquisition.


The watch comes with its original inner and outer box, Rolex booklets, Rolex Submariner anchor, and Rolex Japan service papers. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.

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