1966 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) GILT w/ Box
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 the 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. (eg. Ref. 1680.)
When Rolex started printing the Submariner's depth rating on the dial, which was around late 1955 and on all submariner models starting in 1956 they were printed with a meters first depth rating. The earlier Ref. 5513 and Ref. 5512 Submariners bear the meters first followed by feet to display the depth rating which went to being printed as feet first in around 1969. Rumor has it that Rolex changed the dial to feet due to the expanding USA market.
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The excellent case has been previously polished retaining thick, even lugs. The Mk. 2 "Long 5" insert retains its tritium pearl and has taken on an excellent gray fade showing light wear. The case retains its original Rolex signed twin-lock crown. The case back is stamped III.65. The later Rolex C+I "U.S.A Made" oyster rivet bracelet was sourced with the watch and remains in excellent condition, showing very little stretch from use.
The original gilt dial is in wonderful vintage condition with some surface marks consistent throughout the dial, the gilt text remains in perfect condition. The original tritium lume has taken on an excellent light yellow patina, under U.V. light inspection the lume glows bright and fades quickly showing no lume loss or degradation. The hands have been professionally restored with tritium to color match the dial.
Watch comes with era correct box. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty for accurate timekeeping.