1969 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) "Meters First" With Box and Papers
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 an excellent yellow patina.
Black (Matte) Meters First
Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet w/ 580 End Pieces
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent thick case has been recently polished showing no wear. The insert is an early service replacement retaining the tritium pearl that matches the dial lume nicely. The case retains the original 7mm no-dot no-line "twin-lock" crown. The Rolex 93150 oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces remains unpolished showing some stretch from use.
DIAL & HANDS
The early matte "meters first" dial is in wonderful vintage condition. The lume has the era correct "band-aid" like texture that has slightly risen and taken on a charming yellow patina, contrasting the dial nicely. The hands are a later replacement and have been relumed with tritium to match the dial.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty for accurate timekeeping.