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The Rolex Bart Simpson 5513 has only been produced in 1965 and 1966. This is a really rare and beloved specific type of Submariner due to the transitional tritium gilt dial in combination with the coronet styled similar to Bart Simpson’s haircut.
Now let’s get a bit deeper into this watch. It’s a 1966 Rolex 5513 with a gorgeous faded Long 5 MK2 bezel and it comes on a riveted Oyster bracelet marked 66/3. I particularly like the vintage look and feel of this beautiful rugged diver. This is vintage at its best. These Bart Subson ;-) dials are particularly vulnerable to "crazing" a funky aging of the lacquer, but which can give a great natural vintage look to a watch.
Please do not under estimate the power of p...., patina. Patina is the stuff that makes us collectors go crazy. It’s the stuff that turns watch collectors into animals beyond human. Hunting night and day, searching for the patina prom Queen and grails. In that world this Bart Simpson can be your KING or gilt daddy. This is the last version of the Rolex Submariner gilt dials with tritium on the hour markers. The watch is used but not abused, some even might say it’s pre-loved with the right kind of respect. Not bad for a 54 year old piece of tool!
Rolex produced the 5513 reference meters first for only a very short period with a gilt dial. The gilt dial sub was only produced from 1962 until 1967. Now begin with the question
what exactly is a “gilt” dial, and why is it so highly coveted? As some may know, the very definition of the word gilt is “covered thinly with gold leaf or gold paint”. It is important to understand the technique how a gilt dial was actually made. The gilt writing on Rolex dials was in fact done first and afterwards a lacquer coating was placed on top of the dial.
The gold colour on a gilt dial is not ink, but the underlying metal, revealed in negative relief. To produce these dial you have to follow these steps:
Needless to say this is a very laborious and intensive process.
Due to Rolex’s previous inconsistencies in dial printing techniques, the coronet seemed to slowly evolve depending on which year a dial was produced in, and who was manufacturing the dials. I like to think of this as somewhat of a blessing in disguise, as it’s given us compelling dials like what we now know as the Bart Simpson. Essentially, these examples made predominantly in 1966 featured a considerably more short and stout version of the coronet that seems to resemble the head and hair of the mischievous cartoon character, Bart Simpson.
How to recognize a Rolex 5513 Bart Simpson:
As stated earlier, Rolex discontinued the gilt dial on the 5513 in 1967, so that makes Bart Simpson dials somewhat of a transitional reference within a reference. This can be further seen through the use of steel hands. Additionally, you’ve probably seen Simpson dials before with a bumpy, near-matte surface. If gilt dials were made with a glossy finish, then why is this you ask? Well, when these dials had completed the printing stage of production, they were then finished with a thin coating of clear lacquer. In their early years, they would’ve had a mirror-like surface to the dial, but after years of sunbathing and deep-sea endeavours, several examples have aged to acquire an interesting granular surface. All of these factors make for an incredibly interesting sub-reference.
This stunning example of the Rolex Submariner 5513 reference comes with a rare "Bart Simpson" Gilt Dial is in really good honest vintage condition. It has all the good part, such as period correct bracelet and bezel what makes this a great looking vintage piece.
This Submariner has a stunning and rare gilt meters first “Bart Simpson” Rolex coronet dial. The dial that has a beautifully even gloss black paint with uniform crazing of the lacquer but no cracking, and full and intact lume plots with an excellent matching hand set. Super dome plexi crystal, under which the dial markers are warm and creamy with sharp and bold gilt text, a truly original and well preserved dial that classes this example in the premium range for condition.
If you’re looking for an honest and no questions example, this is it, a true rarity as these rarely become available in this condition. Check the high res pics, even more stunning in the flesh, and no disappointments.
Overall, the Rolex Submariner 5513 is noteworthy, both for its design and execution. This Rolex Submariner 5513 is remarkably well preserved.
As with all of our pre-owned watches this watch comes with a full 12 month warranty with ourselves that will be invoked from the day of purchase. Viewings can be arranged at our office by appointment.
This particular watch has just undergone a full service. This work was carried out by our Rolex authorized watchmaker using Rolex parts.
As with all of our pre-owned watches this watch comes with a full 12 month warranty with ourselves that will be invoked from the day of purchase.
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