Exceptional 1967 Rolex Oyster Submariner 5513 ‘Meters First’ with Rolex Box Gents Vintage Watch

The Overview

This is a beautiful example of the iconic Rolex Oyster dating from 1967. The 5513 ‘Meters’ dial first is one of the most sought after watches in the world. The ‘Meters First’ (rather than ‘Feet’ First) dials were introduced around 1966 and have become super collectable. There’s no official reason for the change back from Meters to Feet but many believe it was to help sales in the United States who hadn’t adopted the metric system.

The solid steel case is in excellent condition with only the most minimal signs of wear – the rotating bezel does have some scuffs but is correctly untouched. The original dial has been re-lumed but not refinished – the hands look like they’ve been replaced which often happens when the watch is serviced (they are slightly lighter than the lumed batons). The very high grade Rolex signed 1520 movement is in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by our professional watchmaker. The watch also comes with a genuine though later Rolex bracelet that has the reference ‘593’. As with the majority of watches of this age we haven’t got the original paperwork but we do have a genuine Rolex box from this period (we also give a lifetime guarantee on both the provenance and authenticity on all our watches).

Submariners have been one of, if not the, best investment watches in the Rolex range. To find one that’s 50 years old in this condition is becoming increasingly difficult. This is a truly stunning example of this iconic watch.

In view of the quality of the movement we will provide a 12 months guarantee. Whilst Submariners were designed to be used in water we cannot guarantee it’s fully waterproof (I believe even Rolex don’t guarantee a watch of this age being waterproof if they service it).

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The Case

The solid steel case is in excellent condition with only the most minimal signs of wear – the rotating bezel does have some scuffs but is correctly untouched. The case is 40 mm across, including the bezel and excluding the Rolex signed crown and 44 mm long including the lugs. The inside case is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Switzerland Patented’, ‘Stainless Steel’ and the model reference is ‘5513’. The age reference is ‘11.67’ dating it to 1967.

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The Dial

The original dial has been re-lumed but not refinished – the hands look like they’ve been replaced which often happens when the watch is serviced (they are slightly lighter than the lumed batons). The dial is signed ‘Rolex Oyster Perpetual’, ‘200m = 660 ft’, ‘Submariner’ and ‘Swiss – T 25’.

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The Movement

The very high grade Rolex signed 1520 movement is in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by our professional watchmaker. The movement is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Swiss’, ‘Twenty Six 26 Jewels’, ‘Unadjusted’ and the calibre is ‘1520’.

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The Bracelet & Rolex Box

The watch also comes with a genuine though later Rolex bracelet that has the reference ‘593’. The bracelet is a good size and will fit a wrist of up to 8 inches (we can find extra links and please advise your wrist size). As with the majority of watches of this age we haven’t got the original paperwork but we do have a genuine Rolex box from this period (we also give a lifetime guarantee on both the provenance and authenticity on all our watches).

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The Box, Papers and Sonning Warranty

As with the majority of pre-owned watches that are 10 years or older, this particular watch does not come with its original box or paperwork. The watch is 100% genuine and rest assured we provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all the watches we sell.

Although there is no original paperwork, we do provide a written invoice and 3 page insurance valuation with the pictures of the watch and all available reference numbers. We also give a 12 month warranty on all our watches. We also stock a good selection of vintage watch boxes to help complete your purchase.

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About Sonning Vintage Watches

Sonning Vintage Watches are one of the largest prestige brand vintage watch retailers on the Internet carrying stock of around £500,000; we’ve sold over 3,000 vintage watches across the world since our formation in 2009. We’re based in Berkshire and Nottingham and spend 1- 2 days a week in London. Whilst we’re an Internet business we do ‘show’ 90% of our watches prior to sale and travel across England to meet prospective buyers.

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Why purchase a watch from SVW?

We provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all our watches and come with a full printed Receipt of Sale and Insurance Valuation. Purchasing from SVW gives you the protection and reassurance of buying from an incorporated company with outstanding customer testimonials.

We provide a high quality box and use the Royal Mail Special Delivery for the UK and DHL for overseas sales. They are insured for the full purchase value.

See what our customers say – 100% positive feedback on all our sales sites and over 40% of our customers buy again or refer us!

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Couriering and Pre-Delivery Inspection

We use the Royal Mail’s Guaranteed next day service for UK sales and DHL for all overseas shipping. All our watches are fully serviced, but prior to couriering each one will undergo a 3 day pre-delivery check to ensure the watch is in perfect condition.

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Service, Repair and Refurbishment

Our association with the best of the industry allows us to offer a limited number quality servicing and repair for most of the famous Swiss brands; such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Cartier, as well as Omega, Longines, Jaeger LeCoultre, Breitling, IWC, Breguet, and a wide range of complications.

In collaboration with our watchmaker, we offer the following services:

Watch Repairs

Watch Servicing

Watch Restoration

Case Refinishing

Case Repair and Complete Restoration

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The Conclusion

This is a rare and highly collectable vintage watch from one of horology’s most famous names and will, if history is any judge, provide an excellent financial investment as well as a possession to treasure and enjoy. I will provide an insurance valuation in excess of my asking price. Please appreciate the difficulty of photographing this piece, it looks even better in real life. Subject to your location I’ll happily show the watch.

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