FROM THE FAMILY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
Early Submariner models have long been elevated to a treasure status by enthusiasts. Nonetheless, some treasures are more coveted than others. Due to its rarity and its instantly recognisable look, the 'Submariner Explorer dial' is certainly one of the most sought-after gems.
Only a few Rolex Submariner references from the early production were fitted with this special ‘3-6-9' dial, such as the references 6538, 6200, 5510, 5512 and the 5513. The ‘Explorer dial’ or ‘3-6-9 dial’ is named after its similar layout to the Explorer design as opposed to the standard Submariner dial with the usual round, baton and triangle indexes.
The present 5513, dating from 1962, when this model was introduced, is a most attractive example as it combines an Submariner Explorer dial with other highly collectable particularities.
Firstly, the depth rating is different to the standard meters first. Indeed, the 'm' for meters is missing and the FT is written using a different, non italic, font. Furthermore, it is an exclamation point dial. Indeed, there is a luminescent dot underneath the index at 6 o'clock, indicating the lower radioactivity of the dial. The case is also characteristic of that period as it is equipped with clearly defined pointed crown guards (or PCG).
The watch alone could be considered a dream for a collector.
However, in addition, the present piece is accompanied by its original guarantee stamped by Watches of Switzerland as well as an extensive number of receipts from the day of purchase. These include a watch insurance document and all the receipts from services carried out on this extraordinary timepiece making this an especially complete and desirable piece. In addition to this, the watch has been kept in the family of the original owner and was until today, unknown to the market.
This extraordinary and fresh to the market piece, with such an exceptional dial and case and fully documented history represents a truly unique opportunity to acquire a wonderful treasure.
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