A rare and fine stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, black glossy dial, presentation box and guarantee

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1966
    Reference No: 5513, inside case back stamped i.66
    Case No: 1’348’536
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1520, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster riveted bracelet, stamped 6636, end links stamped 80, max length 200mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp, stamped 3.66
    Dimensions: 39mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and clasp signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by green leather Rolex presentation box, original guarantee dated September 9, 1966, and anchor hang tag.
    Literature: For another example of a reference 5513, see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 186

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex launched the references 5512 and 5513 in 1962 as the next generation of the legendary Submariner line. Unlike their earlier predecessors, the new references featured crown guards, which gave these tool watches a more robust look, as well as protected the crown during diving of any unnecessary mishaps.

    The present example is in superb condition with strong case proportions and sharp lug bevels. The glossy black dial with gilt printing matches the lume plots and hands and gives the watch a harmonious feel. The reference 5513 is highly desirable and collectible today and this impressive timepiece with original presentation box and guarantee is certain to please the most discerning collector.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 5513, inside case back stamped i.66
A rare and fine stainless steel wristwatch with center seconds, black glossy dial, presentation box and guarantee

勞力士,「Submariner」型號5513 ,精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配黑色亮面錶盤,約1966年製。附錶盒和保證書

Circa 1966
39mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$240,000 - 480,000 
€26,400-52,800
$30,800-61,500

sold for HK$500,000

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
thomasperazzi@phillips.com

Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
ziyongho@phillips.com

Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
jillchen@phillips.com

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: SIX

Hong Kong Auction 29 May 2018