Delivered with an example of STEEL ROLEX by Giorgia & Guido Mondani in which the watch is illustrated on page 130, with mention "The Submariner photographed here with the case number 3764765 produced in 1974 is in excellent condition". Published in 2013 in a limited edition of 599 copies reserved for Mondani's best customers, STEEL ROLEX is completely sold out. Furthermore delivered with a period military green fabric strap and the blue-grey Nato strap with which the watch is illustrated in STEEL ROLEX.
This "Milsub" reference 5513 reveals the best of all ingredients this landmark model can possibly offer to the avid collector. The untouched dial is graced by the highly attractive discoloration of the luminous material to numerals and hands, the different shades of sand-brown rendering the watch a very unique appearance.
The case has evidently never been exposed to careless polishing and impresses with its full body and sharp angles to the facets of the lugs. Both the reference and serial numbers finely engraved between the lugs are clearly legible and repeated to the inside of the back cover, as the connoisseur would expect.
The bezel is the correct version featuring minute markings, unique for the military Submariner series.
The excellent original overall condition combined with the prominent position in Mondani's esteemed publication render this "Milsub" one of the most attractive examples of this legendary model to appear in public in recent years.
The Military version of the Submariner ref. 5513 was adapted following the specifications requested by the British Ministry of Defence. The watches had to be fitted with fixed bar lugs with a diameter of at least 2 mm. The dials had to be easily readable and were therefore equipped with the larger "sword" hands. They also had to show the international symbol for Tritium, the encircled "T". The hack feature allowing the precise setting of the time was another specific request. The models furthermore had a unique bezel with sixty minute marks rather than only the first fifteen minutes. The outside of the case backs were marked with the military broad arrow sign, Ministry of Defence issue numbers and unit number. Furthermore the inside of the case backs repeated the serial number which is commonly only found between the lugs.
The outside of the case back of the present watch is engraved with the following markings:
0552 for British Ministry of Defence, 923-7697 for the NATO code, the Broad Arrow characterizing all watches owned by the British Army, the issue number 94 and issue year 76.