A fine stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with sweep center seconds and ghost bezel

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1968
    Reference No: 5513
    Case No: 2’371’248
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic cal. 1520, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel buckle
    Dimensions: 39mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present example, manufactured in circa 1968, is fitted with a beautiful black matte dial and an awe-inspiring “ghost” bezel that has turned into a wondrous hue of light sky blue. Preserved in very appealing condition, this specimen with all the accompanying attributes is highly collectible today. Overall the watch is in great condition with a very nicely preserved case and charismatic bezel.

  • 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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Rolex

Ref. 5513
A fine stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with sweep center seconds and ghost bezel

勞力士,「Submariner」型號5513,精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,配中心秒針罕有「Ghost」錶圈,約1968年製

Circa 1968
39mm Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$78,000 - 120,000 
€8,800-13,500
$10,000-15,400

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

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: EIGHT

Hong Kong Auction 28 May 2019