1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 "Bart Simpson"

    1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 "Bart Simpson" 1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 "Bart Simpson" 1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 "Bart Simpson" 1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 "Bart Simpson" 1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 "Bart Simpson"
  • 1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 "Bart Simpson"
  • 1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 "Bart Simpson"
  • 1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 "Bart Simpson"
  • 1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 "Bart Simpson"
  • 1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 "Bart Simpson"

1965 Rolex Submariner 5513 "Bart Simpson"

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The king of the watchmakers. Some might say that Rolex is bling or showoff, others that they make simple watches without innovation, at last some will finish by saying that it’s all marketing and that it is not for them. Well, haters are gonna hate. The truth is that Rolex is the undisputed champion of watchmaking, and for a simple reason.

When in 1905 Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law founded the Wilsdorf and Davis Company, soon to be Rolex in 1908, he only had one notion in mind, making the watches more reliable.  When their movements were chronometer certified they started to work on making the watches dustproof and when they succeeded they started to work on making them waterproof, inventing the revolutionary Oyster crown in 1926. Back then it was so revolutionary that people didn’t believe it was actually true. To address this issue Rolex launched a campaign in each of their shops, installing large water filled tanks with oyster watches displayed inside. Another success for Wilsdorf, since this not only proved his point but also established Rolex as a worldwide brand.

See, Rolex is the main player for a reason, because they’ve always been about making the best watch for everyday life, and hate it or love it, they do.

One of Rolex strenght is their ability to produce legendary models such as the daytona, the datejust etc… or the submariner.

Here though is a bit more then your regular submariner, this 5513 dates back to 1965 the penultimate year of the glossy dial production. Any Submariner collector will tell you, there is glossy dial subs and matte dial subs. The same collector will probably tell you also that he prefers gilt and glossy ones. Simply because they look even more vintage than their matte dial siblings and also because the way these watches have aged offers an immense range of possibilities. The example we have here is the definition of patina. Gilt writings have turned brown as the index and hands have. The bezel has turned into a crazy faded burgundy. The « bart-simpson » dial is quite interesting also in the way that it was produced only in 1965, making this 5513 a bit rarer than many.

The specs

  • Year: 1965
  • Maker: Rolex
  • Model: Submariner
  • Reference: 5513
  • Movement: Self Winding - Rolex cal.1520
  • Material: Stainless Steel
  • Diameter w/o crown: 40 mm
  • Lug width: 20mm
  • Band: Leather
  • Glass: Plexiglas
  • Signatures: 4

The condition

Dial : The dial is in very good condition, light spotting throughout.

Case : The case has been polished and shows few signs of age and/or wear.

Movement : The movement is in very good condition.

Overall : This watch is in superb vintage condition.

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