|Serial:||2,9XX,XXX - 1972|
|Accessories:||Rolex Box and Papers|
*The Watch is running at COSC spec.
*This item has a Reserve
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For many collectors, the quintessential watch ever made is a Submariner without date – the reference 5513 to be specific. As tool watches, most examples of the reference 5513 have been heavily worn and/or have replacement parts such as hands, dials, etc. The present watch is special as it has one of the most attractive colors of tritium luminous material (also known as “lume”) on the dial and in the hands that we have seen: a beautiful yellow-orange color. Furthermore, it came from the daughter of the original owner with original inner and outer boxes and papers. This is a very special and beautiful watch and one of the favorite lots of Eric Wind (of Wind Vintage) in the auction.
This Submariner was inherited from the previous owner's father, who passed away while serving our country. It was hard for her to sell the Rolex because it was the only item she inherited from her father, but she needed the money to help pay for his funeral, and a new home. The spirit of her father lives on through the house she purchased, and we are very fortunate to help find this watch a new owner who will cherish its personal history.
The dial is in very good condition, with what appears to be the original tritium lume, that has aged to a pleasing warm yellow-orange color. The hour, minute, and seconds hands appear to be original, with the original lume matching the dial. The luminous material in the seconds hand has aged to a slightly darker color, but appears to be original.
The case appears to be lightly polished, with scratches throughout, but overall has quite a full case.
The bezel insert appears to be original, with some light scratches and wear throughout. The pearl appears to be a service replacement, but matches the dial and hands in color.
The bracelet is a C+I US-made rivet bracelet, with 1-73 code, indicating production in January 1973, and has no end link code. It also appears to be unpolished, with some stretch. Additionally, the crystal appears to be the original Tropic 19 crystal, with some scratches.
The Twinlock crown appears to be original. The top and bottom chronograph pushers also appear to be original. The watch is running and keeping time, and a one-year service warranty is included. The bracelet has 11 links and will approximately fit a 7 inch wrist.
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