Rolex - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1966
    Reference No: 5513
    Case No: 1'387'944
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1520, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 175 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 75
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp stamped 2.66
    Dimensions: 39.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Accessories: With Rolex Guarantee dated 14 October 1967, original bill of sale dated 14 October 1967, fitted presentation box and outer packaging.
    Literature: For another example of a gilt 5513, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 187.

  • Catalogue Essay

    This reference 5513 is fitted with a black lacquer dial and features numerals which have turned light orange in colour, which matches the hands. This dial is among the last batch of lacquer dials that Rolex produced for the model. Later, reference 5513 was fitted with a matte dial, which is most commonly found on the market. This watch is accompanied by its original bracelet, guarantee, original bill of sale, fitted presentation box and outer packaging, giving us a peek into the history of this particular time piece.

  • Artist Biography


    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
A stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, black lacquer dial, bracelet, original guarantee and fitted presentation box

Circa 1966
39.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for HK$162,500

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016