A fine and rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds and bracelet

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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1967
    Reference No: 5512, inside case back stamped 5513, ‘II.67’
    Movement No: D996’936
    Case No: 1’666’976
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, max length 200mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 40mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    Launched in 1959, all Submariner model after would feature crown guards. Early examples of the ref. 5512 featured various types of crown guards and were fitted with “glossy” gilt dials with 2 or 4 lines or with a chapter ring.

    The present example dated circa 1967 belongs to one of the very first examples of a Rolex Submariner ref. 5512 fitted with a matte dial. Presented with an attractive dial with prominent luminous plots that has developed a uniformed change in hue over time, the present example is certainly a desirable one.

  • 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. 5512, inside case back stamped 5513, ‘II.67’
A fine and rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with center seconds and bracelet

勞力士,「Submariner」型號5512,精鋼自動上弦鏈帶腕錶,備中心秒針,約1967年製

Circa 1967
40mm diameter
Case, dial, movement, bracelet and clasp signed

Estimate
HK$80,000 - 150,000 
€9,200-17,200
$10,300-19,200

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Thomas Perazzi

Head of Watches, Asia
+852 2318 2031

WatchesHK@phillips.com

 

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: X

Hong Kong Auction 10 July 2020