Lot 156
  • 156

Rolex

Estimate
10,000 - 15,000 USD
Sold
62,500 USD
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Description

  • Rolex
  • A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH POINTED CROWN GUARDS AND GILT DIAL
    REF 5512 CASE 6798388 SUBMARINER CIRCA 1959
  • stainless steel
• cal. 1570 automatic lever movement, 26 jewels • black dial, luminescent triangular, dot, and baton indexes, luminescent Mercedes hands, center seconds, gilt outer minute divisions • stainless steel Oyster case, pointed crown guards, black revolving bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw down crown and solid case back • case, dial, and movement signed • with a stainless steel Rolex Rivet bracelet and folding clasp

Catalogue Note

We are pleased to offer an important Rolex reference in such honest and exceptionally preserved condition. The present lot survives without polish, with well delineated chamfers to the lugs, sharp pointed crown guards, and original bezel insert. The dial is remarkable, with well aged, even lumes and hands. The text is crisp and the dial remains with high shine. 

The reference 5512 was introduced in 1959 as the first Submariner model to feature the now iconic protective crown guard case. Produced for roughly 15 years, the reference saw four different generations with modest variations, from the case to the dial. 

The second generation is identified by the fine gilt and silvered two line print to the dial for depth measure and title. This early example is void of signs that would indicate the use of tritium, making for an attractive and clean galvanized dial. This second series, of which the present lot belongs, also features pointed crown guards. The pointed crown guards were retired by the end of the 1960s, making this particular piece highly collectible among Rolex aficionados. 

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