1978 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) MAXI Mk. I 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 year 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 1978 Rolex Submariner ref. 5513 is in absolutely stunning condition and retains its original Mk. I MAXI dial. The MAXI I dial is commonly seen in the 5 mil. and early 6 mil. stamped cases and was introduced in 1978. This was the last time that “SUBMARINER” would be printed below the depth rating in a matte dial submariner. 

There are several features of the Maxi MK I dial that are distinct and specific:

  • Thin and tall Rolex coronet as opposed to the squat and fat coronet of the Comex era dials.
  • The = sign in the depth rating is printed directly above the A in SUBMARINER.
  • The depth rating is printed above "SUBMARINER" instead of below like other MK variants of Maxi dials.
  • Specific and distinctive “zig-zag S” in “SUBMARINER” specific to MK I and MK IV MAXI dial submariners.
Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner
Model 5513
Serial 54XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black "MAXI Mk. I"
Millimeters 40
Strap Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet W/ 580 End Pieces



The excellent case is very well preserved, showing honest wear from use and signs of a light previous polished while maintaining very thick lugs that still retain subtle chamfers. The bezel insert is a late luminova service replacement, and it has taken on a gorgeous bright blue fade that shows very minimal signs of use. The original Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 580 end pieces retains 10 links that show light stretch from use.


The gorgeous matte black Mk. I MAXI dial is in flawless vintage condition, showing no blemishes or signs of age. The tritium lume plots exhibit no patina, remaining bright white in coloration with no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands have aged to a slight ivory coloration which matches the overall fit and feel of the watch, under U.V. light inspection the hands display no degradation.


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