5513 ‘Gloss Gilt’ Submariner

The Rolex Submariner, reference 5513 is revered among collectors for its iconic design and historical significance, but what sets this particular model really apart is its stunning Gilt dial; a rare and coveted feature that enhances this watch its style and allure. Gilt dials were manufactured using a traditional method where the text and indices were printed or stamped in gold leaf or gilt, and finalized with a high-gloss finish, giving them a rich warm hue. This meticulous process injects the dial with a luxurious aesthetic and a depth of character that is unmatched by modern printing techniques. The Gilt dial on our 1965 Submariner exudes a sense of vintage charm and sophistication, serving as a timeless reminder of Rolex’s rich heritage and extreme high-quality in dial design and dial manufacturing.

In natural light, Gilt dials already exhibit a stunning interplay of shadows and highlights, with the gold accents shimmering elegantly against the gloss black background. But when the sun hits the dial at the right angles, the Gilt details truly come alive, casting a mesmerizing glow that captivates the beholder. This unique characteristic sets Gilt dials apart from their contemporaries, infusing them with a warmth and depth that cannot be replicated! The entire watch shows fair aging and natural ‘wear and tear’ of the steel, both on the centre case as well on the 9351 folded Oyster bracelet. What we mean by this is that the watch aged gracefully and honestly; no laser welding or re-cutting was done on this watch, and this is really how we like to find these 1960’s 5513 Submariners: cherished, enjoyed and worn for years by a fellow vintage Rolex collector. Watches like this will of course show traces of wear and have some battle scars, but remember that these 5513’s were manufactured and used as true Toolwatches. Toolwatches from the 1960’s; the era of Sean Connery as James Bond, the era where Navy Lt. Donald Walsh and Jacques Piccard descended to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the submersible the Trieste, and of course the era where the first manned flight in NASA’s Apollo program successfully launches into orbit (just to name some kick-ass cool stuff). The Gilt dial on our 5513 ‘Gloss Gilt’ Submariner truly has one of these mesmerizing and captivating dials with warm custard color Tritium on both the hour plots, as well as the hands. And then there’s that Gilt dial.. wow, especially out in the sunlight the shimmering of the gloss dial looks like flames dancing, it’s nothing short of stunning!

This extremely attractive Gilt dial 5513 was fully serviced by our watchmakers, but we did not do any polishing or brushing to the case and/or bracelet. As always, she will be sold with our extensive two year warranty.

reference: 5513
case number: 116XXXX
year of production: 1965
case diameter: 40mm
movement: self-winding, Rolex caliber 1520
box and papers: including original Rolex ‘Coffin’ box

Price: € 23.800,-