Debuting in 1953 and released to the public the following year, the Rolex Submariner has undoubtedly become one of the most iconic timepieces of all time thanks to its legendary status as Rolex's flagship dive watch. Used extensively by the British Royal Navy and professional diving operations like COMEX, the Submariner set the bar for all dive watches to follow. Featuring a genuinely timeless design that has remained relatively unchanged throughout its history, the Rolex has become the archetypal sports watch. With very few large-scale aesthetic upgrades made to it over the years except for timely advancements like introducing a date function to the collection in the late '60s, and its modern cerachrom bezels, the Submariner is seen as the prototypical dive watch thanks to its consistency. The Submariner has earned its status as a legendary watch, with it today remaining as one of the most sought-after timepieces around.
The 5513 was produced from 1962 to 1988, and was the non-chonometer version of the non-date Submariner. There were a multude of dial variants made over those 26 years, ranging from gilt chapter ring dials in the beginning to matte dials, then ultimately the glossy dials with white gold luminous surrounds.
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Est. value range
$10,000 – $15,000
Watch is in overall excellent condition. Case edges are soft and exhibit signs of polish and wear. Numbers between lugs clear and legible. Mk1 maxi dial in near-mint condition, with white tritium, and matching toned hands. Bezel insert has some light surface marks and a discolored pearl. 9135 oyster fliplock bracelet has 9 links and a diver's extension. It is sized for a smaller wrist. The date code of the bracelet clasp is "B", which dates to ca. 1977.
Easily one of the most iconic sport watches ever made, the Submariner ref. 5513 is as stunning as it is desirable, with its design forming the foundation upon which almost every Submariner since has used to establish itself amongst collectors and divers alike.