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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1965
    Reference No: 5512, inside case back stamped 5513
    Movement No: 71'958
    Case No: 1'199'695
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1560, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped Rolex 4.62
    Dimensions: 39 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: For a similar example of reference 5512 with black gloss dial, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 186.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 5512 Submariner had a 15 year production run. Launched in 1959, the reference was the first Submariner to be fitted with crown guards. There are two very appealing features of this present reference 5512. The first is that the watch is still fitted with its original black gloss "Swiss-T<25" dial with gilt printing. The second, of particular note, is that the watch is fitted with an observatory tested movement. This is confirmed by the white printed "Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified" below "Submariner" at 6 o'clock.

  • Artist Biography

    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. 5512, inside case back stamped 5513
A rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, black gloss dial and bracelet

1965
39 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for HK$187,500

Contact Specialist
Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2030
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Ziyong Ho
Specialist
+852 9386 2032
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Jill Chen
Specialist
+852 2318 2033
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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: ONE

Hong Kong Auction 1 December 2015 11am