1967 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) "Meters First"
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.
|Dial||Matte Black "Meters First"|
|Strap||Rolex 9315 "Folded-Link" Oyster Bracelet W/ 280 End Pieces|
The excellent case retains strong chamfers, thick lugs, and crisp finishing. The case may have received a very light polishing in the past, though the lug holes remain crisp. The original Mk. 2 "long 5" fat-font bezel insert is in very impressive condition, showing no signs of use or fading, and retains its tritium pearl at the 12 o'clock position which matches the patina in the hands perfectly. The case retains its original 7mm twin-lock crown. The inside of the case back is stamped II.67. The era-correct Rolex 9315 folded-link Oyster bracelet with 280 end pieces retains 11 links that show slight stretch from use.
The original matte black "meters first" dial is in simply incredible condition, remaining clean and even throughout. The characteristically puffy tritium/zinc sulfide lume plots are in superb condition, showing no degradation under U.V. light inspection, and have achieved a handsome creamy yellow/green coloration which is commonly seen from meters first dials from this era. The original tritium hands have achieved a slightly more yellow coloration that matches the lumed pearl in the bezel insert nicely, under U.V. light inspection the hour hand displays some minor cracks and remains stable, the minute and sweep seconds hand display no degradation.
None. The watch just received a full service and is running perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.