Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 - Meters First Dial
The Rolex Submariner is a true icon - and the word icon does get thrown around a lot. If you were to ask 10 people to draw you their idea of a watch looks like - chances are they would draw or describe something that looks like a Rolex Submariner. It’s the dive watch of reference good/bad/indifferent there is no escaping it. Over its 70 year run there have been numerous changes made to the model, but this - the reference 5513 - is widely considered to be the reference to own.
The 5513 spanned almost 30 years of production (1962-1989) and underwent a series of changes that saw the earliest models born with gilt dials, and the last ones born with high-gloss dials with white gold surrounds. The present example hails from the earlier side of production with ‘Meters First’ matte dial. Prized for their clean, 2-line dials, these are one of the most popular Submariner variants in the 5513 family and the meters-first configuration was only made for a short period. What does Meters First mean? If you look at the dial, the depth ratings print 200 Meters FIRST, before listing the 660 Feet rating. This was switched shortly after 1967 and as such - these remain very desirable. As these were really still diver tool watches, many watches got destroyed, had their dials changed out, or just got lost in the cushions of a couch that ended up in a trash compactor (Check the cushions ASAP!)
This watch is in truly outstanding condition with a flawless dial and well preserved case - with a beautifully faded and rare Long 5 Insert. As we mentioned, the two-lines of text on the dial is clean and uncluttered, before all the multiple lines of text we know today began being printed. This is a special one, and with the 70th Anniversary of the Submariner in 2023, what better way to celebrate.
*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.
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