1965 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) GILT

The Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 is the embodiment of the classic dive watch. Simple and sophisticated, yet also rugged, the 5513 is a purpose-built dive watch. The absence of the date function seen on other Submariner models (Ref. 1680) contributes to the clean look of this archetypal style. First introduced in 1962, Rolex produced the reference until 1989.

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The depth rating began appearing on Submariner dials in late 1955 and was standard on all models by 1956.   Early depths ratings were printed with the meters first. This continued until around 1969 when Rolex made the switch to a feet first depth rating, reportedly to appeal to the expanding US market.


Stock # RLXSM551365
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner
Model 5513
Serial 11XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Glossy Gilt
Millimeters 40
Strap Rolex Rolled-Link Jubilee Bracelet W/ 55 End Pieces



The excellent case has been lightly polished in the past, retaining thick and even lugs. The original "fat-font" bezel insert retains its tritium pearl and has faded to a deep gray. The case retains its original twin-lock crown.  The watch will come supplied with a Rolex rolled-link Jubilee bracelet with 55 end pieces which remains in overall good condition for its age and is stamped 3/65.


The original gilt dial is in great vintage condition with light surface marks and spidering that is consistent throughout the dial. The tritium lume plots have taken on a charming yellow patina. Under U.V. light inspection the lume glows bright and fades quickly showing minor lume degradation consistent with the age of the watch. The tritium hands have aged a shade lighter than the dial and exhibit no lume loss when inspected under U.V. light


None. Watch is running and keeping time, previous service history is unknown.