Lot 57
  • 57


5,000 - 8,000 GBP
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Dial: blackCalibre: cal. 1520 automatic, 26 jewelsCase: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down crown and backCase number: 1'617'063Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding claspDimensions: 40mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 200mmSigned: case, dial and movementAccessories: Rolex service invoices, one additional Rolex Oyster bracelet


DIAL: in overall good condition with even patination throughout. CASE: in overall good condition with scratches and marks throughout. The case has been nicely and gently polished in the past to retain strong proportions and well defined bevels. Light scuffs on the bezel. Bracelet showing scuffs and dents throughout, dated 1 67, endlinks numbered 80. An additional Oyster bracelet numbered 78360, and endlinks numbered 580. MOVEMENT: running at the time of cataloguing. Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping."

Catalogue Note

Over the course of its 27 years of existence (1962-1989), the Rolex Submariner 5513 saw four major changes in the design of its dial. First fitted with a gilt dial, this was later changed to the matte 'meters first' dial, then replaced by the 'feet first', then lastly equipped by a dial with circled indexes.
This lot was is an early example of the matte meters first dial. The 5513 was produced with this dial for only a short period between 1966 and 1969/1970. This dial has now developed a consistent cream patina, as have the hands. The case has been preserved in good condition and retains attractive proportions. The watch still has its original expanding bracelet stamped for the first quarter of 1967. Furthermore, it comes with service history documentation. This 'one owner' piece is an increasingly rare opportunity to acquire an appealing example of the rare matte meters first production.