Only a small fraction of the Rolex Submariners from the early production, such as the references 6538, 6200, 5510, 5512 and the 5513, were fitted with this special ‘3-6-9' dial. 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.
In fact, there are several types of explorer dials further divided into two main categories based on the luminescent material used: radium or tritium.
This present lot is part of the ultimate evolution with a tritium dial.
The association of the gilt minute indexes and signature combined with the silver depth rating indication and the cream patina of the hour indexes and matching hands is a real delight to find. This combination gives the piece a unique character which is further enhanced by its exceptional condition. This dial is beautifully vibrant, and the watch is also fitted with a naturally faded bezel and with a case still retaining strong proportions, demonstrating the exceptional charm these vintage Submariners can offer.
Until a couple of weeks ago, the piece was still used everyday by its first and original owner who has now decided to offer it on the international market after 55 years of faithful service.
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