PROPERTY OF THE FAMILY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
The present lot, reference 5513, widely considered as the pinnacle reference in the Rolex Submariner lineage, features the rare and incredibly sought-after 'Explorer' type dial. It is distinguished by the combination of traditional baton indexes with the addition of the Arabic numerals at 3,6 and 9.
Much rarer than the standard version, these Explorer dials can be found on “big crown” references such as 6200, 6538 or 5510. They are also on early 5512 and 5513 references as the present watch.
These explorer dials are also characteristic from that period with meters first (produced until 1.7-2 million serial) gilt dials (produced until 1.5 million serial).
It is always a perilous exercise to establish rules for early and rare Rolex pieces. Nonetheless, the 5512-5513 explorer dials can be divided into three main evolutions:
- Firstly, the radium dial which is signed Swiss at 6 o’clock.
- Around 1963, Rolex changed from radium to tritium. These dials bear the “underline” sign either under the writing at 6 or 12 o’clock. They can be signed either Swiss only or Swiss T<25.
- Finally, the last production period of Explorer dial is characterized by having tritium dial, Swiss T
These watches are considered as true treasures by Rolex enthusiasts. Finding one, fresh to the market and from the original family is even more exceptional. The watch further comes with its original guarantee and accessories, meaning that it may be considered as a “holy grail” piece for collectors.
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