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Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513


Vintage Rolex 40mm Submariner, Black Dial, Gray NATO Strap, Ref. 5513

Though Rolex made earlier models named “Submariner,” the modern Submariner traces its roots to the references 5512 and 5513.  These were the first Submariners to feature crown guards and the 40mm case.   The reference 5513 was a non-chronometer rated watch (as opposed to the chronometer rated 5512), which means that the dial does not have the “Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified” lines of text.  Many consider the reduced text on the 5513 dial attractive and endearing.  They feature a plexi-glass crystal and a depth rating of 200 meters, as opposed to the later 300 meters.  Together with the bi-directional bezel, (which wasn’t changed to the uni-directional bezel until approximately 1977), the reference 5513 looks like a modern Submariner but it is distinctly vintage. The dial on this watch includes tritium lume, which has turned a beautiful manilla color, and is covered by the correct domed plexi-glass crystal that is in excellent condition.  The winding crown is the modern, “triplock” style, which was the correct factory replacement for the earlier, discontiued  version. Recently serviced, this watch offers years of enjoyment for its new owner.

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Additional information

Band Color


Band Material


Band Type

Strap, NATO


Rotating, Bi-directional, Aluminum, 60-Minute

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 ID0006189
Model #5513
Model NameSubmariner
Year Producedca. 1982
Serial Number73XXXXX


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.