The Rolex Submariner is one of the most recognisable and popular watches in the world, and like most Rolexes, needs no introduction. The Ref. 5513 is a perennial favourite amongst vintage collectors and known as the reference to collect due to its relatively accessible price point and variants in dial production.
This particular example you see here today is what collector’s call a ‘non-serif’ dial as it lacked the defined ‘serifs’ on the paint underneath 3, 6 and 9 o’clock markers on the dial commonly seen with another variant of dial produced during that time. The beauty of the 5513s is not only because it has so many minute variants, but also because they had a relatively long production run and all aged differently. No two 5513s are the same, despite being from the same time period. For instance, the example you see here has aged to produce a really rugged look, with a ghosted bezel, and a nicely patina’d dial.
All in all, with its black aluminium rotatable bezel, thick bevelled stainless steel Oyster case, matte black dial and Oyster bracelet, the Ref. 5513 is without a doubt, one of the most attractive dive watches of all time. For every vintage watch collector, this reference is a must.