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Serial No. 51059
Serial No. 51059
Estimate  14,000 - 18,000 €
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Rolex, Swiss, "Oyster Perpetual 200m=660ft Submariner"

, Case No. 1557319, Ref. 5513, Cal. 1520, 39 mm, circa 1967

A diver's vintage automatic wristwatch with black matte dial and centre seconds

Case: steel, screw back ref. 5513 III/66, bidirectional rotating slightly faded black "Long 5 Insert" bezel, screwed "Triplock" winding crown, steel "Oyster" bracelet ref. 78360 with 13(!) bracelet elements, endlinks stamped 580, clasp A, bracelet length 165 mm, total length 205 mm. Dial: matte black, "meters first", luminous Mercedes hands.

This attractive diver’s watch has a mattfinished black dial and charmingly aged, caramel-coloured luminous indexes. The dial is one of the first to feature the matte black dial variant Rolex created for their Submariner range. The earlier models all had polished dials. Reference 5513 was introduced around 1961 and produced until 1989, which means it had the longest production run of all Submariner models. This enormous success results from a number of attractive details: The watch is waterproof to a depth of 200 m, the large and sturdy crown with protection device is suitable for scuba-diving and the black bezel with the silver triangle has a minute division from 1 to fifteen minutes.
Reference 5513 set benchmarks in the world of sports watches and this timepiece is an impressive example of that. It is a worthy addition to any superior collection of rare sports watches.
Case: very good, slightly worn, pearl missing
Dial: very good
Movm.: very good, capable of running, cleaning recommended

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