1973 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513)

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 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.) 

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This specific 1973 Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 checks all the vintage must-haves for a reference 5513. The dial has taken on a wonderful patina, and the lume plots and hands have aged to a wonderful yellow patina. The overall aesthetic of this watch is everything we love about vintage submariners. This Rolex Submariner reference 5513 would make a great daily driver as it's appropriate for any style and setting.


Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner
Model 5513
Serial 33XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black
Millimeters 40
Strap Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet W/ 580 End Pieces



The beautiful case displays strong lugs with crisp chamfers and brushing, and shows light signs of honest use. The bezel insert is an early service replacement and remains deep black and in excellent condition, the tritium pearl at the 10 o'clock position matches the dial perfectly. The Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces has been polished on the clasp and retains 10 links that show minimal stretch from use. The case back features the engraving "Walt Swanner, 1973"


The matte black dial is exceptionally well preserved, remaining clean with no blemishes or signs of age. The tritium lume plots have achieved a vivid yellow coloration and exhibit no degradation then inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and show no degradation when inspected under U.V. light.