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Rolex Submariner Ref. 5512


Vintage Rolex 40mm Submariner, Black Dial, Oyster Bracelet, Ref. 5512

Introduced in 1959, the reference 5512 Submariner had a long production life, continuing until 1978. The 5512 reference was the first Submariner to feature crown guards on the 40mm steel case. The case features a bi-directional rotating bezel with black aluminum insert and an acrylic crystal. At first glance the 5512 reference looks almost identical to the 5513 reference; however, the 5512 reference is equipped with a 1570 caliber movement that is COSC certified (indicated on the dial), whereas the 5513 reference is not COSC. The watch is in overall very good condition. The original matte tritium dial and hands are in excellent condition and have an even, creamy patina. The aluminum bezel has a matching creamy pip. A Rolex signed service Oyster bracelet is attached to the watch, with a safety clasp. Probably one of the most endearing vintage Rolex references, this watch is recently serviced and ready to provide years more enjoyment to its new owner.

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Additional information

Band Material

Stainless Steel

Band Type

Oyster Bracelet


Bi-directional, Aluminum

Box and Papers

No Box | No Papers





Case Material

Stainless Steel

Case Size





Screw Down

Crystal Material


Dial Color





40mm – 42mm


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Item ID0006188
Model #5512
Model NameSubmariner
Year Produced1974
Serial Number3796XXX


Rolex is recognized throughout the world not only as a brand associated with luxury, but as a watch that is both luxurious and precise.  For Rolex, this hard-won and well-deserved recognition was never in doubt.  The founder, Hans Wilsdorf named the company Rolex to be pronounceable in any language, as he anticipated the acclaim his company would receive due to relentless pursuit of precision and accuracy in a wristwatch.  Soon after its founding, Rolex produced the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was followed rapidly by receipt of a certificate of precision from the Kew Observatory in Great Britain.  From those roots Rolex built a legacy of innovation.  The Oyster watch was the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch in 1926, followed by the first self-winding Perpetual rotor.  Building once again on innovation, the Datejust became the first self-winding wrist chronometer to include a date in a window on the dial.  Adventurous women and men who strive to make history have chosen Rolex for their expedition, which both perpetuates the brand’s claim to precision and dependability as well as attests to its veracity.  Hans Wilsdorf may have anticipated the acclaim Rolex would someday achieve, but even he might have been impressed with its success.