Rolex. A rare military issue stainless steel automatic wristwatch  Submariner, Ref: 5513, Circa 1972
Lot 140
Rolex. A rare military issue stainless steel automatic wristwatch
Submariner, Ref: 5513, Circa 1972
£40,000 - 60,000
US$ 53,000 - 80,000

Lot Details
Rolex. A rare military issue stainless steel automatic wristwatch  Submariner, Ref: 5513, Circa 1972 Rolex. A rare military issue stainless steel automatic wristwatch  Submariner, Ref: 5513, Circa 1972 Rolex. A rare military issue stainless steel automatic wristwatch  Submariner, Ref: 5513, Circa 1972 Rolex. A rare military issue stainless steel automatic wristwatch  Submariner, Ref: 5513, Circa 1972
Rolex. A rare military issue stainless steel automatic wristwatch
Model: Submariner
Reference: 5513
Date: Circa 1972
Movement: 26-jewel Cal.1520 automatic
Dial: Black with Tritium T, luminous dot hour markers, baton quarters, white outer minute divisions, polished sword hands with luminous inserts, arrow tipped centre seconds
Case: Brushed and polished tonneau form, screw down Oyster back and crown, military engraving to back, inner case back stamped I.72, black calibrated bezel, fixed bar lugs, No.382****
Strap/Bracelet: Black NATO strap
Buckle/Clasp: Stainless steel buckle
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 39mm

Footnotes

  • In the early 1970s, the British Ministry of Defence commissioned a very limited batch of Rolex reference 5513 Submariners, designed to enhanced specifications to meet the demands of their Special Forces.

    These "Military Submariners", or "MilSubs", differ in many ways from standard production pieces. They feature thicker, sword-shaped hands for enhanced legibility, a rotating bezel calibrated to 60 minutes, an encircled "T" on the dial indicating the use of luminescent Tritium, and solid steel bars fixed between the lugs.

    The current lot is in very good condition, has never been offered at auction before and is being sold by the original owner.
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