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Rolex
SUBMARINER, REF 5513 STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH UNDERLINE DIAL AND POINTED CROWN GUARDS CIRCA 1963
Dial: black lacquer underline
Calibre: cal. 1520 automatic, 26 jewels
Case: stainless steel Oyster, pointed crown guards, screw-down crown and back
Case number: 984'033
Dimensions: 39mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: none
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Catalogue Note

In the early 60s Rolex took the decision to halt their use of radium in their dial making and began using tritium in its place. During the initial transitional period, and prior to the introduction of other demarcations, Rolex indicated the presence of tritium with an underline, seen on the present lot, beneath the Rolex signature. Of course these underlines were phased out in favour of the 'T' indications that would sit beneath 6 with the SWISS signature. As such however their production was limited and they are very difficult to find today, a factor that makes them highly prized and very collectable. 

Further to this the dial features gilt print on a lacquered plate, a beautiful vintage attribute that is sure to please collectors.  The lume has also aged adopting a wonderful sepia tone that it perfectly matches by the hands. What is more, while tritium was less radioactive then radium, it was hardly inert. As such the lacquer has reacted oxidising slightly adding texture to the dial. It is fair to say then that in this respect the dial is entirely unique. 

Another feature hugely sought-after is the pointed crown guards flanking the crown. These are the third iteration of guards that Rolex used and perfectly coincides with the watches date of manufacture. Produced in 1960 they succeeded the quaintly named 'eagles beak' guards and were replaced themselves in 1964 by the rounded guards that are still present on current models.

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