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 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 18XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black "Meters First"
Millimeters 40
Strap Grey Phoenix NATO strap



The case is in very impressive condition that retains thick lugs and crown guards and appears to have only been very lightly polished in the past with only light signs of use. The original “fat font” bezel insert has achieved a beautiful grey/blue fade and retains its pear at the 12 o’clock position which matches the dial lume nicely. The case retains its original 7mm twin-lock crown. The watch will come supplied on a grey Phoenix NATO strap.


The excellent matte black “meters first” dial is very handsome, showing only light signs of age and no blemishes. The tritium lume has taken on a pleasant dark golden patina, under U.V. light inspection there is very slight degradation in the 3, 4, and 7 o’clock markers. The original tritium hands have aged slightly darker than the dial, matching the watches aesthetic as a whole, and exhibit no lume loss or degradation under U.V. light inspection.


None. The watch is keeping and functioning perfectly, previous service history is unknown.