1969 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) "Meters First" w/ Kissing 40 Insert

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The Rolex Submariner is the embodiment of the classic dive watch. The style was first introduced in 1953 and after many adjustments in early models evolved in to the reference 5513 seen here which was produced from 1962 to 1989. Throughout its production the Ref. 5513 retained its sophisticated yet rugged look. Absent of the date function (included in other Submariner models eg. Ref. 1680) the 5513 dial is clean and simple. Early 5513s like this example show the depth rating with meters first followed by feet. Rolex made the switch to display the depth rating with feet first around 1969. Rumor has it this was done to appeal to the expanding American 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. 

Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner
Model 5513
Serial 20XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Black (Matte) Meters First
Millimeters 40
Strap 2ps Handmade Leather Strap



The case remains in excellent condition with thick and even lugs. The "kissing 40" bezel insert has taken on a nice even grey fade and retains its tritium pearl. The case also retains the original and era correct Rolex 7mm "Twin-Lock" crown. The inside of the case back is stamped IV/68. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc leather strap of your choosing.


The matte black "meters first" dial is in gorgeous condition, showing no blemishing or scratches. The lume plots have taken on a wonderful creamy coloration, and show no lume degradation under U.V. light inspection. The later tritium hands were most likely replace in the early 70s and 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.