1969 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) "Meters First"

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The Rolex Submariner Reference 5513 is the embodiment of the classic dive watch. Simple and sophisticated, yet also rugged, the 5513 is a purpose-built dive watch. The absence of the date function seen on other Submariner models (eg. Ref. 1680.) contributes to the clean look of this archetypal style. First introduced in 1962, Rolex produced the reference until 1989.

The depth rating began appearing on Submariner dials in late 1955 and was standard on all models by 1956.   Early depths ratings were printed with the meters first. This continued until around 1969 when Rolex made the switch to a feet first depth rating, reportedly to appeal to the expanding US market.

Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner
Model 5513
Serial 19XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Black (Matte) Meters First
Millimeters 40
Strap Rolex Oyster Rivet Bracelet W/ 75 End Pieces



The case has been previously lightly polished showing thick and even lugs, exhibiting honest wear from use. The fat-font bezel insert shows light wear and has faded to an excellent dark blue/grey coloration. The crown is an early trip-lock service replacement crown. The Rolex rivet-link Oyster bracelet with 75 end pieces is in great overall condition exhibiting minor stretch and retaining 12 links. 


The matte black "meters first" dial is in marvelous condition, showing no blemishing or scratches. The original tritium lume plots have aged to a wonderful yellow coloration and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original hands match the dial perfectly. the hour hand has been professionally restored with tritium to match the dial, the minute and sweep-seconds hand retain their original tritium lume and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection.


None. The watch is keeping time and functioning perfectly, previous service history is unknown.