1967 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5512) "Meters First"
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. Ref 5512 was first introduced in 1958 and ceased production in late 1978. The Rolex reference 5512, like the 5513, is a purpose-built dive watch that lacks the date function.
The main difference between the Rolex Submariner ref. 5512 and 5513 is the caliber of the movement. Both references began life with the Rolex cal. 1530 movement, but the 5512 soon adopted the chronometer-certified cal. 1560 movement, and later the cal. 1570 movement. Shortly after its inception, and with the integration of these more advanced movement calibers, the Rolex ref. 5512 adorned the iconic 4-lines of text on the dial, in the notation of its chronometer-rated timekeeping capabilities. This is the only visible differentiator of the ref. 5512 from the ref. 5513 and the most common method collectors use to identify between the references, as the ref. 5513 is classically known for its 2-lines of text. The ref. 5512 is much rarer than the 5513, as it was more expensive to produce and not as popular for its retail price. It said that for every ten 5513's made in the 1970s one 5512 was made
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 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.
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The stunning case is in exceptional condition and was recently polished to exhibit factory-like finishing and crisp chamfers while retaining full and symmetrical lugs. The Mk. III "fat-font" bezel insert has faded to a beautiful dark blue coloration and displays minimal signs of previous use, the tritium pearl at the 12 o'clock position is no longer present which is common. The case retains its original 7mm twin-lock crown. The later Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces retains 11 links that show light stretch from use.
The matte black dial is simply remarkable and in near flawless condition, showing no blemishes or aging whatsoever. The creamy patina zinc sulfide tritium lume is in perfect condition when inspected under U.V. light, remaining full and round with no degradation. The original hands have been professionally restored with era-correct tritium lume to match the dial.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time within COSC spec, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.