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This glossy gilt dial Rolex 5513 Submariner has been produced in 1966. This is a rare and beloved specific type of Submariner due to neat meters first gilt dial.
Now let’s get a bit deeper into this watch. It’s a 1966 Rolex 5513 with a gorgeous faded fat font Long 5 MK2 bezel and it comes on a riveted Oyster bracelet. I particularly like the vintage look and feel of this beautiful rugged diver. This is vintage at its best.
Rolex debuted the Submariner in 1953 as one of the world's first dive watches, designed to withstand pressure and accurately measure time underwater. The iconic Submariner features large white tritium hour markers and Mercedes hands against a contrasting black dial, ensuring legibility in low visibility conditions. It has been adopted by notable figures such as Jacques Cousteau, Che Guevara, and James Bond, with Sean Connery famously sporting a big crown Sub in 'Dr. No', 'Goldfinger', and 'Thunderball'. Ref. 5513 is the longest-running Submariner reference, produced from 1962 to 1989, with rare pointed crown guards replaced by rounded ones. It uses the calibre 1520/1530 movement and has a non-chronometer certified dial with two lines of text. Early executions had a rare 'meters first dial', printing the depth rating in meters before feet, which was later switched to feet first to appeal to the growing American market.
Despite being introduced over 60 years ago, the Submariner remains one of Rolex's most popular and recognizable models, known for its durability, precision, and classic design. It has undergone several updates and improvements over the years, but it has managed to maintain its signature look and feel.
Today, the Submariner is available in various references, including the Submariner Date with a date display and the Submariner No-Date without one. Rolex has also released special editions and limited editions of the Submariner, such as the Kermit, the Hulk, and the Smurf, which have their own unique features and designs.
Overall, the Submariner is an enduring icon of horology, representing Rolex's commitment to quality and innovation. Whether you're a professional diver or a watch enthusiast, the Submariner is a timeless and reliable choice that will never go out of style.
The Submariner dials started featuring the depth rating in late 1955 and became a standard feature on all models by 1956. Initially, the depth rating was printed in meters first, a practice that continued until around 1969. However, Rolex eventually switched to a feet first depth rating, supposedly to cater to the growing US market.
Collectors prize the Submariner with gilt dials and 'meters first' dials, which were discontinued in 1968 (1970 for ref. 1680).
Rolex produced the 5513 reference meters first for only a very short period with a gilt dial.
Between 1962 and around 1964/65/66, the Submariner had gilt dials with 'SWISS' written at 6 o'clock, which were later replaced by matte dials with the new wording 'SWISS-T<25'. These subtle variations make the Submariner a coveted piece for watch collectors.
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.
This stunning example of the Rolex Submariner 5513 reference comes with a rare glossy gilt dial and 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 dial. The dial that has a beautifully even gloss black paint with no cracking, only some small scratches 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.
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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