1968 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) "Meters First"
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. 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.)
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 Oyster Rivet Bracelet w/ 64 End Pieces|
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent thick case that remains in excellent condition which we believe remains in original and unpolished condition. The original fat font bezel insert has faded to an even grey/blue coloration and retains the tritium pearl. 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/68. The oyster rivet bracelet is lightly polished, in amazing condition with zero stretch. this piece remains in time capsule like condition!
DIAL & HANDS
The matte "meters first" dial remains in excellent condition, showing no blemishing or scratches. The patina of the lume plots and hands is eggshell in color, with the era correct "band-aid" like texture; commonly seen in the meters first run of Rolex submariner dials of this specific era. The original tritium hands match the dial patina perfectly and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty for accurate timekeeping.