1970 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 the 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. (eg. Ref. 1680.)
When Rolex started printing the Submariner's depth rating on the dial, which was around late 1955 and on all submariner models starting in 1956 they were printed with a meters first depth rating. The earlier Ref. 5513 and Ref. 5512 Submariners bear the meters first followed by feet to display the depth rating which went to being printed as feet first in around 1969. Rumor has it that Rolex changed the dial to feet due to the expanding USA market.
In addition to the meters first dial, this specific Ref. 5513 has the original and era correct Rolex 7mm "Twin-Lock" crown that does not exhibit the dots or underline like the other Rolex sports models of the same era. The original matte black dial is in immaculate and untouched condition with matching lume plots and hands which have achieved a wonderful dark patina.
|Dial||Black (Matte) Meters First|
|Strap||Rolex 9315 Folded Link Oyester W/ 280 End Links|
The excellent thick case has even lugs. Although exhibiting some wear from use the case chamfers can still be seen. The original "Fat Font" insert shows very little wear from use. The case also retains the original and era correct Rolex 7mm "Twin-Lock" crown that does not exhibit the dots or underline like the other Rolex sports models of later era. The 9315 folded link Rolex Oyster bracelet has 11 links and 280 end pieces. The folded link bracelet is in overall good condition with minimal stretch for its era and age.
The original meters first matte black dial is in great vintage condition, showing no marking or blemishing. The lume has taken on an even dark yellow coloration with some minor smudging at the 12, 1, and 6 o'clock markers which is common for this era and type of dial meters first dial. The original tritium hands match the dial and show the same coloration and consistent patina. The hands show minor cracking in the hour and second hand.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty for accurate timekeeping.