1966 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) "Meters First"
The Rolex Submariner is the embodiment of the classic dive watch. The style was first introduced in 1953 and after many adjustments in early models evolved in to the reference 5513 seen here which was produced from 1962 to 1989. Throughout its production the Ref. 5513 retained its sophisticated yet rugged look. Absent of the date function (included in other Submariner models eg. Ref. 1680) the 5513 dial is clean and simple. Early 5513s like this example show the depth rating with meters first followed by feet. Rolex made the switch to display the depth rating with feet first around 1969. Rumor has it this was done to appeal to the expanding American market.
In addition to the meters first dial, this specific Ref. 5513 has the original and era correct Rolex 7mm "Twin-Lock" crown that does not exhibit the dots or underline like the other Rolex sports models of the same era. The original matte black dial is in immaculate and untouched condition with matching lume plots and hands which have achieved a wonderful eggshell like patina.
|Dial||Black (Matte) Meters First|
|Strap||Rolex Oyster 9315 Bracelet w/ 380 End Pieces|
The case remains in excellent condition and retains thick and even lugs. The bezel insert has taken on a light and even fade which retains the pearl at the 12 o'clock position. The case also retains the original and era correct Rolex 7mm "Twin-Lock" crown that does not exhibit the dots or underline like the other Rolex sports models of the same era. The inside of the case back is stamped 5513 IIII/66. The Oyster flip lock 9315 bracelet with 380 end links remains in amazing condition with light stretch from use.
The matte "meters first" dial remains in excellent condition, showing no blemishing or scratches; the dial does exhibit some light oil staining on the upper minute track only visible under loupe. The patina of the lume plots and hands has achieved a warm creamy eggshell like color. The later tritium hands were most likely replace in the early 70s and match the dial patina perfectly and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty for accurate timekeeping.