1978 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) Serif Dial

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.) 

This specific 1978 Ref. 5513 "serif dial" is in handsome and original condition.  Serif is characterized as small extensions at the letter’s vertical and horizontal termination points on the dial that enhance its legibility and readability. The "Non-Serif" Dial is noted for the lack of serif on the paint beneath the tritium of the corners of the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock hour markers, the Serif Dial has a bit of serif or slight extensions on each  of the corners of the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock hour markers.

Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner
Model 5513
Serial 51XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Black (Matte) Serif
Millimeters 40
Strap Hand Made Leather Strap



The case has previously been polished but retains fat and thick lugs. The fat font insert is missing the pearl and retains a deep black coloration. The watch will come supplied a custom handmade leather strap. 

Dial & Hands

The handsome serif dial possesses creamy yellow colored markers. with original and matching hands. The hands that do not glow and have aged to a light creamy hue. The hands have some slight oil staining that is close to the center of the hands. The dial has very fine spotting and bubbling that is commonly seen in the late production serif dials which is hard to see without magnification.


None. Watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.