Rolex - Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE Hong Kong Monday, November 28, 2016 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1963
    Reference No: 5513, inside case back stamped 3.63
    Case No: 1'009'526
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1530, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, 180 mm. maximum length, end link stamped 4.63
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: For another example of a gilt 5513 with underline dial, please see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, page 187.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The present watch manufactured in 1963, is fitted with the correct black lacquer 'Swiss' dial with an underline just below the 'Perpetual' signature. Around 1963 to 1964, Rolex watches appeared to feature an 'underline' to the dial. Why scholars hypothesize that this indicates the use of tritium rather and radium, there has been no confirmation on the meaning of this variation. The present watch is also fitted with the correct Oyster bracelet, also stamped for 1963, and pointed crown guards. Preserved in very appealing and original condition, this reference with all the accompanying attributes is highly collectible today.

  • 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, inside case back stamped 3.63
A fine and very rare stainless steel wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, black lacquer underline 'Swiss' dial, pointed crown guards and bracelet

39.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

HK$100,000 - 150,000 

Sold for HK$237,500

Hong Kong Watch Auction: THREE

Hong Kong Auction 29 November 2016