1968 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 5513) Meters First "Pumpkin"

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.)

Vintage Rolex 5513 Ad

What's A Meeters First Dial? When Rolex started printing the Submariner's depth rating on the dial, which was around late 1955 and on all submariner models starting in 1956 they were printed with a meters first depth rating. The earlier Ref. 5513 and Ref. 5512 Submariners show the meters first followed by feet to display the depth rating which went to being printed as feet first in around 1969. Rumor has it that Rolex changed the dial to feet due to the expanding USA market. 

This specific example from 1968 retains its original meters first dial which has achieved an absolutely stunning orange patina. This specific Ref. 5513 also retains its original "Fat Font" insert which has taken on a highly sought after ghost like fade which is even and consistent across the entire insert.  This specific piece also retains its 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. This Ref. 5513 submariner is the absoluute show stopper in terms of what we love about the golden era no date submariners. The faded insert with the orange patina is eye-catching and looks great with a wide array of straps and or a bracelet!

Stock #
Brand Rolex
Style Submariner
Model 5513
Serial 18XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Black (Matte) Meters First
Millimeters 40
Strap 20mm NATO Horween Strap "Honey Blonde "



The wonderful and thick case that has previously been polished. The original "Fat Font" insert retains it tritium filled pearl which matches the lume on the hands and dial. The insert has achieved an excellent fade and is charcoal/anthracite in coloration which adds to the charming feel of this specific example.  The case also retains 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 watch will com supplied on a Craft & Tailored Horween Nato Strap

Dial & Hands

The original meters first matte black dial is in fantastic and original condition. The matching tritium lume plots and original tritium hands have gained an eye-catching burnt orange patina and remain intact 


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