Lot 118
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ROLEX | SUBMARINER, REFERENCE 5513STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELETCIRCA 1966

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
Sold
16,250 GBP
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Description

  • SUBMARINER, REFERENCE 5513STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELETCIRCA 1966
Dial: blackCalibre: cal. 1520 automatic, 26 jewelsCase: stainless steel, screw-down crown and backCase number: 1'391'986Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding claspDimensions: 40mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180mmSigned: case, dial and movementAccessories: none

Catalogue Note

Whether it is accuracy, precise engineering or robustness, there are many established reasons explaining why Rolex is the most collected brand in the world. Nonetheless, the most compelling arguments are without any doubt intangible and instead relate to the emotions that only a Rolex piece can arouse.

With vintage examples, the richness of the patina immediately transports us to the  period when the watch was originally made, in a more deeply nostalgic and powerful way than any documentary or textbook could.

This is particularly true for vintage diving watches such as this early Submariner 5513. The gilt dial is in superb condition with a most attractive original patina with the dot indexes slightly darker than the baton and triangular indexes. The hands are also perfectly matching and complemented by the gilt literature on the dial. The lacquered dial gracefully catches the light while the plexiglass, depending on the angle, seems to distort the indexes, in a similar way as if the watch is underwater. The beauty of the dial captivates not only the person admiring it, but is reminiscent of what diving might have been the 1960's. 

The dial is nicely 'framed' with a lightly patinated bezel with a cream pearl and a case in good condition. The folded bracelet adds vintage charisma to the piece that was just recently re-discovered by the family of the original owner. 

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