1968 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 display 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 eggshell like patina.
|Dial||Black (Matte) Meters First|
|Strap||Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet W/ 580 End Pieces|
The case has been previously polished but remains in excellent condition as teh lugs are thick and even. The "long 5" fat font bezel insert remains in stunning condition retaining the tritium pearl and has faded to an even dark grey/blue coloration. 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 the same era. The inside of the case back is stamped 5513 IV/67. The Oyster 93150 bracelet with 580 end pieces remains in excellent condition showing little to no stretch.
The matte black "meters first" dial remains in excellent condition, showing no blemishing or scratches. The patina of the lume plots and hands is eggshell in color and the lume presents itself with a toothpaste-like texture which is commonly seen in the meters first run of Rolex submariner dials of this specific era. The hands also match the lume on the dial flawlessly and under U.V. Light show no lume degradation.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty for accurate timekeeping.