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Lot No. 298
Lot No. 298
Estimate  30,000 - 37,000 €
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Rolex "Oyster Perpetual Submariner 660ft=200m Superlative Chronometer officially certified"

, Movement No. D62432, Case No. 870635, Ref. 5512, Cal. 1560, 39 mm, circa 1962

A diver's rare automatic wristwatch with pointed crown guards

Case: steel, screw back ref. 5512 IV/62, bidirectional rotating original black bezel (inlay MKIII), screwed "Rolex" winding crown, pointed crown guards, riveted steel "Oyster" bracelet with endlinks stamped 75, 7/5 bracelet elements, clasp dated 4/67, bracelet length 140 mm, total length 185 mm. Dial: original service dial, matt black.

The dial of this watch was replaced during an earlier service, but still features the matte black colour of the original time period and looks perfect. The original hands are in equally good condition and have never been replaced, likewise the original bezel.

The Rolex "point guards" edition was considerably smaller in numbers than the "square guards" series, because the watches were originally designed to have square guards and then modified later. Keen to develop and test features intended to improve and perfect the Rolex diver’s watches, the company only produced a small number of models to test the engineering and rise to the challenge of improved crown guards. Today this watch is one of the most highly desired models among the collectors of fine Rolex time pieces.

Launched in 1959 reference 5512 was produced until the late 1970's, this reference can be considered the first modern Submariner with introduction of the crown guard (square) and a new type of bezel, wider than the case, to allow a better grip while wearing diving gloves.
Case: very good, slightly worn
Dial: very good, later original
Movm.: very good, capable of running, cleaning recommended

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