- A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH POINTED CROWN GUARDS AND GILT DIAL
REF 5512 CASE 6798388 SUBMARINER CIRCA 1959
- stainless steel
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.