1966 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5512) Two Color Gilt Dial
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. It is said that for every five 5513s made in the 1970s one 5512 was made. Ref 5512 was first introduced in the 1958 and ceased production in late 1978. The 5513 was introduced a few years later in 1962 and was in production till 1990.
The Ref. 5512 like the Ref 5513 is a purpose-built dive watch that lacks the date function like other Rolex Submariner models. (eg. Ref. 1680.) The main difference between the Rolex Submariner Ref 5513 and Rolex reference 5512 is the caliber of movement within the case. The Rolex Submariner 5512 and Submariner 5513 started both out with the Rolex caliber 1530 movement but the Rolex Submariner Ref 5512 later on was equipped with a chronometer certified caliber 1560 and 1570 movement, bearing the chronometer writing on the dial above the 6 o'clock position AKA the 4 lines of text as opposed to the non-chronometer certified 2 liner dial's of ref 5513's which is the easy and main way to tell the difference between the 5512 and 5513 references of no date submariners
The specific dial 2 color gilt dial variation with "200m = 600ft" and "Submariner" in gold gilt text and "Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified" in silver printed gilt text was famously worn by the late actor and racing driver Steve Mcqueen. Mcqueen was often photographed wearing this reference with this dial variation and always wore the watch on this right wrist.
|Dial||Black 2 Color Gilt|
|Strap||Rolex 7206 Rivet Bracelet W/ 58 End Pieces|
The case has been previously lightly polished remaining in wonderful condition with full and even lugs showing honest wear from use. The "fat-font" bezel insert has taken on an excellent anthracite coloration exhibiting light wear. The case retains the original twin lock "no-dot no-line" crown. The original Rolex 7206 riveted bracelet with 58 end pieces is in great condition showing very little wear and light stretch for its age.
This two-color gilt dial remains in exceptional condition, the dial remains glossy showing no chipping or delamination, There is light spidering consistent around the lume plots which is common for these dials. The original tritium lume plots have taken on a charming creamy yellow patina and remain round and even, under U.V. light inspection some of the lume plots show light degradation. The original hands have been professionally restored with tritium to match the dial.
None. Watch is keeping time at spec, previous service history is unknown.