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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1978
    Reference No: 5513
    Case No: 5’133’526
    Model Name: Submariner, “pre-COMEX”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1520, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 93150, endlinks stamped 580, max length 190 mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 39.5 mm diameter
    Signed: Dial, case, movement and bracelet signed
    Accessories: With original punched Rolex guarantee dated 1981, hang tags, green fitted presentation box and outer packaging
    Literature: For another example of a reference 5513, see 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, p. 186

  • Catalogue Essay

    Dubbed by watch collectors as the “pre-COMEX” dial, the present example of the reference 5513 Submariner is particularly attractive due to its similarities to the dial fitted to some of the reference 5514 Submariner examples issued to COMEX, a professional diving company.

    Completed with a punched guarantee, hang tags and presentation box, the present watch is a beautiful and well-preserved example that could easily be a collector’s favorite. Adding another element of collectability, the watch is also fresh to the auction market.

  • 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 fine and rare stainless steel diver’s wristwatch with sweep center seconds, guarantee, box and hang tags

Circa 1978
39.5 mm diameter
Dial, case, movement and bracelet signed

HK$150,000 - 240,000 

Sold for HK$250,000

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Phillips & Blackbird: SPORTS

Hong Kong Auction 27 May 2019