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Vintage 1969 Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513
The purity and clean design of the “no-date” Rolex Submariner makes it one of the more desirable and collectible models in the world of vintage Rolex. With its classic design and pure aesthetics, a vintage Submariner is something every watch aficionado should have in their collection. Iconic design, rugged good looks and just the right amount of patina – basically ideal! On early versions of the Submariner, the depth rating on the dial listed meters first (200m = 660ft). Rolex changed this in the late 1960’s, with feet printed before the meters: (660ft = 200m).
This Submariner Ref. 5513 dates to 1969 and was just fully serviced. The original hands and “meters first” dial have lovely matching patina, and the later 93150 Oyster bracelet is in excellent vintage condition. The bezel insert is a newer service replacement. The matte dial remains clean and uncluttered, and the Tritium lume on the markers have aged to develop an attractive light beige patina.
When picturing the quintessential Rolex watch—many people imagine a no date Submariner. The no-date, two-line dial is iconic and instantly recognizable, and has become one of the most popular watches of all time.
The Ref. 5513 Submariner was produced by Rolex from 1962 until 1989, making it one of the longest running references in the brand’s history. Dating to 1969, this vintage 5513 is referred to as the “Meters First” because the text on the dial lists the depth rating in meters before feet.
The original 5513s featured glossy dials with gilt text until the mid-1960’s when Rolex transitioned to these matte dial models. The matte dial remains clean and uncluttered, and the Tritium lume on the markers have aged to develop an attractive light beige patina.
With its classic design and pure aesthetics, a vintage Submariner is something every watch aficionado should have in their collection.
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