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  • Description

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1965
    Reference No: 5512, inside case back stamped 5513, iv.65
    Movement No: D56’933
    Case No: 1’361’509
    Model Name: Submariner, “4-Liner”
    Material: Stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1650, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped 7206, endlinks stamped 80, max length 160mm
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel Rolex deployant clasp stamped
    Dimensions: 39.5mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by punched Rolex Guarantee, Suisses de Contrôl Officiel de la Marche des Chronométres dated 27 January, 1966, presentation box, product literature and outer packaging.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex released the first Submariner reference 6204 in 1954, and over the last 68 years it has become one of the brands most enduring and cherished tool wristwatches ever produced. Highly sought after by collectors, the Submariner is firmly entrenched in the pantheon of horology, and has evolved into a modern timepiece that is as wearable at the office, an evening event, and for its original use when diving, or beachcombing. Rolex transformed the model in 1959 with the reference 5512 with the addition of the now ubiquitous crown guards. While the earliest iterations featured squared crown guards, later generations like the present model displayed rounded crown guards.

    The present “4-liner” reference 5512 features its stunning and original “Swiss T<25” black glossy dial with gilt signature and silver gilt “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” (SCOC) designation at 6 o’clock. While both the reference 5512 and 5513 featured the same case and bracelet, the reference 5512 was fitted with a movement tested and certified for accuracy and precision by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres, and it is this additional two lines added to the dial that sets the reference 5512 apart from its contemporary counterpart, the reference 5513. Offered in lovely condition with a vibrant, glossy dial with nicely aged numerals that have aged to warm orangish brown hue, the watch is a classic icon that has stood the test of time and cherished by collectors for its history in the evolution of the Submariner model. A rarely seen complete set that not only includes its original punched guarantee, it is further accompanied by the original Suisses de Contrôl Officiel de la Marche des Chronométres certificate, dated 27 January 1966 confirming its chronometer rating.

  • Artist Biography

    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, iv.65
A fine and attractive stainless steel wristwatch with “four-line” black gloss dial and bracelet, with guarantee and presentation box

Circa 1965
39.5mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and bracelet signed.

Estimate
$20,000 - 40,000 
CHF18,700-37,300
€17,800-35,600
HK$156,000-312,000

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The 2021 New York Watch Auction

New York Auction 11 - 12 December 2021