Lot 177
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ROLEX | REF 5512 SUBMARINERA STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH POINTED CROWN GUARDS AND SPIDER DIAL CIRCA 1963

Estimate
30,000 - 50,000 USD
Sold
37,500 USD
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Description

  • REF 5512 SUBMARINERA STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH POINTED CROWN GUARDS AND SPIDER DIAL CIRCA 1963
Dial: glossy black gilt spider Caliber: cal. 1530 automatic movement, 26 jewelsMovement number: 45048Case: stainless steel, solid screw down case backCase number: 892241Size: diameter 40 mmSigned: case, dial and movement

Catalogue Note

Rolex introduced the reference 5512 in 1959 as a continuation of the Submariner which launched officially in 1954 with the ref. 6200. The 5512 was the first Submariner to include crown guards for added protection. The first examples featured square, hard edged crown guards which lasted for a short production run, followed by the pointed guards as featured on the present lot. These types of guards lasted for only a few years, making the present case quite rare.  Constantly working toward perfection, the firm experimented with new materials and made minor adjustments to give their pieces a more luxurious feel. Due these experimental materials and conditions over time, these lacquered dials sometimes crack, creating a truly unique and interesting Spider Dial.

The present example, with its subtle and attractive webbing to the left side of the dial, catches the light and makes for a unique collectors' piece. 

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