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Rolex

'Explorer Dial' Submariner, Ref. 5513 Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Gilt Exclamation Point Dial, Date and Bracelet Circa 1962

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 90,000 GBP

Property Of A Private English Gentleman

Rolex

Rolex

'Explorer Dial' Submariner, Ref. 5513 Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Gilt Exclamation Point Dial, Date and Bracelet Circa 1962

'Explorer Dial' Submariner, Ref. 5513 Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Gilt Exclamation Point Dial, Date and Bracelet Circa 1962

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 90,000 GBP

Lot sold:

327,600

GBP

Property Of A Private English Gentleman

Rolex

'Explorer Dial' Submariner, Ref. 5513

Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Gilt Exclamation Point Dial, Date and Bracelet

Circa 1962


Dial: black

Calibre: cal. 1530 automatic, 26 jewels

Movement number: 77'591

Case: stainless steel Oyster, screw-down crown and back

Case number: 765'478

Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with integrated folding clasp

Dimensions: 40mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 195mm

Signed: case, dial and movement

Box: no

Papers: yes

Accessories: Rolex blank guarantee

Dial: in very good condition. The luminous material appears to have aged nicely and turned into a uniform light brown colour. There are fine surface marks visible with the naked eye when closely examining the dial and there is some very light tarnishing to the hands.

Case: in very good condition with nice proportions, bevels and sharpness remaining to the edges. There is wear visible with the naked eye, such as some scratches and fine dings. Plexi with some scratches. Back still retaining its Rolex sticker.

Movement: in good condition, would benefit from a service at the buyer's expense

Bracelet: 4/63 endlinks: 64


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. You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band. Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report 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. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. 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. Please be advised that wristbands 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. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

The Rolex Submariner is a landmark in wristwatch history which has fascinated the watch collecting community since its creation. 

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. Interestingly, these dials on 5513 and 5512 have mostly been discovered on watches originally sold in the UK, demonstrating a specific production dedicated to this key market of the crowned brand. 

The present 5513, dating from 1962, when this model was introduced, is a most attractive example as it combines a 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 not present 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, accompanied by its original blanc guarantee, sets itself apart by its exceptional condition. 

The pointed crown guard case has remained in incredible state with large, clearly defined bevels. Furthermore, it still bears its original Rolex sticker on the back demonstrating the very limited use over its nearly 60 years of existence. 
The dial and the hands have developed a matching and most charming ivory patina. The surface of the dial has been particularly well preserved at a level rarely witnessed on pieces from that era. 

This extraordinary and fresh to the market piece, with such an exceptional dial and case represents a truly unique opportunity to acquire a wonderful treasure.