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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 26

    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and unusual dial

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, 200M=660FT, SUBMARINER, REF. 5513, CASE NO. 997'486, MANUFACTURED IN 1964

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    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and unusual dial
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, 200m=660ft, Submariner, ref. 5513, case no. 997'486, manufactured in 1964
    Cal. 1530 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, the black gloss dial with gilt printing, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous mercedes hands, sweep centre seconds, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with screw back and screw down crown, revolving black bezel calibrated to 60 units, case, dial and movement signed
    40 mm. diam.


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    The present reference 5513 model stands out by its highly unusual dial, featuring a small white line underneath the designation "Submariner".
    Early versions, such as this watch, were fitted with the sophisticated and today very popular black gloss dial. These black dials must be regarded as the ultimate state of the art in dial manufacturing as revealing a rich complexity of different layers applied to the metal base. In fact, the gilt writing and minute markings are not printed on the black lacquered background but underneath and shine through in negative relief. However to further enhance its sophistication, the white underline is superimposed and printed onto the black background.

    The present watch, also featuring the first version of pointed crown guards as one would expect, is one of the most beautiful and charismatic references 5513 a collector could ask for.

    Special Notice

    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.