1967 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) "Meters First"

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The Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 is the embodiment of the classic dive watch. Simple and sophisticated, yet also rugged, the 5513 is a purpose-built dive watch. The absence of the date function seen on other Submariner models (eg. Ref. 1680.) contributes to the clean look of this archetypal style. First introduced in 1962, Rolex produced the reference until 1989.

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.

Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner
Model 5513
Serial 16XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black "Meters First"
Millimeters 40
Strap Rolex 7206 Oyster Rivet Bracelet W/ 80 End Pieces



The thick has been previously lightly polished retaining full even lugs with light signs of use. The "fat-font" bezel insert is in wonderful vintage condition remaining black in coloration, showing light aging, and retains its tritium pearl at the 12 o'clock. The watch retains its original 7mm twin-lock crown. The original Rolex 7206 rivet bracelet with 80 end pieces is in excellent vintage condition retaining 12 links and showing normal stretch the bracelet age and style.


The matte black "meters first" Submariner dial is in wonderful condition, remaining very clean with almost no signs of aging. The tritium lume plots have aged to an excellent creamy yellow coloration, exhibiting no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original hands have been professionally restored with tritium to match the dial.


None. None. The watch just received a full service and is running perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.