Rolex - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE Hong Kong Monday, November 25, 2019 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1969
    Reference No: 5513, inside caseback II.70
    Case No: 2’635’432
    Model Name: Submariner
    Material: Stainless Steel
    Calibre: Automatic, 1520, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 40mm Diameter
    Signed: Dial, case and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The ref. 5513 was introduced in 1962 as a replacement for the ref. 5512. The reference was the longest produced Submariner spanning 27 years and seized in 1989. Loved by most collectors of vintage Rolex sports models, the reference offers collectors a fruitful selection of examples bearing different features from different periods of the production in various ranges of value. The earliest examples were fitted with the highly sought after gilt dial, some with underline. Since the introduction of the matte dial era in 1966, variations of the dial increased, such as meters first dial, non-serif/serif dials, pre-Comex dials and maxi dials. With each dial variation having its own marks in different periods of its production, it is one of the most varied references produced by any manufacturer.

    The present example is a feet first, non-serif, matte dial Submariner ref. 5513 with the correct 2.6 million case number and the presence of the serif on the middle stroke of the letter “E” in “ROLEX” on the dial.

  • 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 caseback II.70
A fine and attractive stainless steel diver’s with centre seconds wristwatch

Circa 1969
40mm Diameter
Dial, case and movement signed

HK$60,000 - 100,000 

Sold for HK$106,250

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The Hong Kong Watch Auction: NINE

Hong Kong Auction 25-26 November 2019