*Unpolished* 1966 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) "Meters First"

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.

Vintage Rolex 5513 Advertisement

The depth rating began appearing on Submariner dials in late 1955 and was standard on all models by 1956. Early depth ratings were printed with the rating meters first, followed by the number in feet. This continued until early 1970 when Rolex made the switch to a feet-first depth rating, reportedly to appeal to the expanding US market.

Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner
Model 5513
Serial 15XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black "Meters First"
Millimeters 40
Bracelet Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet W/ 580 End Pieces



The impressive case exhibits honest wear and is believed to remain in unpolished condition with the original factory chamfers fully present and crisp lug holes. The original Mk II "Fat Font" bezel insert is in excellent condition with very minimal signs of use present, the original tritium pearl is mostly present though the top portion is missing. The case retains its original 7mm twin-lock crown. The watch comes supplied on a later-era 93150 Oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces with 11 links that show almost no stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/4-inch wrist.


The original matte black dial is in near-perfect condition with no damage or notable age visible on the dial apart from a few nominal speckles from age. The early "zinc sulfide" tritium lume plots have achieved a charming yellow patina and remain full and round with no degradation present under UV light inspection. The original tritium hands have also taken on a creamy-yellow patina that is slightly lighter than the dial, under UV light inspection the second's hand has a subtle crack and remains stable, the hour hand is missing a very small piece of lume in the window nearest to the handstack and remains stable as well. 


None. The watch is keeping time, but the service history is unknown. A movement service can be provided upon request.