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Rolex 5513 Meters First
Rolex 5513 Meters First
Rolex 5513 Meters First
Rolex 5513 Meters First
Rolex 5513 Meters First
Rolex 5513 Meters First
Rolex 5513 Meters First
Rolex 5513 Meters First
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Rolex 5513 Meters First

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Manufacturer: Rolex
Item Number: 130871
Condition: Vintage
Model Name/Number:
Submariner 5513 "Meters First" 
Serial: 2216XXX
Year: 1969
Gender: Men's
Movement: Automatic 1520
Case: Excellent case which has previously been polished shows surface wear typical for a watch this age. This watch has a great bezel and is in overall excellent condition with some wear and scratches. The pip at 12 is a later replacement. Inner caseback is stamped: 5513 IV.68. Serial and reference numbers are clearly visible between the lugs. The crown is a later "Triplock" replacement and shows some wear. Acrylic crystal shows light surface scratches.
Dial: Excellent matte black meters first dial that has developed patina. The dial has developed some dark black patina around the edge of the dial, around the center post, and around some of the hour markers, this can be hard to notice. Some of the hour markers have developed darker patina and is overall pretty consistent. The lume in the hands have developed patina and are a bit darker than the lume on the dial. 
Bracelet: Excellent stainless steel Oyster 93150 with 11 links, 593 end links and divers extension. The bracelet is a later solid link replacement and the clasp is stamped G indicating it is from 1982. The bracelet has light stretch and shows some signs of polishing on the clasp. 
Box & Papers: Bob's presentation box
Warranty: This vintage Rolex comes with Bob's Watches one year warranty
Return Policy: If not 100% satisfied, return watch in 3 days for a full refund. Terms.

Vintage Watch Condition Examination:

This watch is in vintage condition. The case has been polished and the bracelet is a later replacement. The dial is in great condition with light patina and the lume in the hands and on the dial has aged to a lovely crème brule color. 

Description: Vintage Rolex Submariner 5513

Pre-owned Rolex Submariner ref 5513 (1969) introduced around 1962 and was in production until 1989. It was one of the longest continually produced references from the brand. Rolex initially used glossy dials in this model and swapped to matte around 1966, like this example. When Rolex went to the matte dial they also put the depth rating as "200m = 66ft" and these are known as "meters first" in the collecting community. Eventually Rolex would swap the depth rating to feet first around the early 1970s and have continued this trend to the modern offerings. One theory on this change is that Rolex wanted to boost sales in the United States, but to our knowledge Rolex has not made any definitive statements on this shift. 

* All Pre-Owned Rolex watches are guaranteed to be 100% genuine and certified authentic. Certificates are issued by WatchCSA, the industry's leading independent authority on watch authentication. WatchCSA Certified Pre-Owned certificates are provided for an additional fee at checkout. All watches are shipped to fit the average size wrist (7 1/4" - 7 1/2" for men and 6 1/4" - 6 1/2" for women). Additional links can be purchased if needed. Note that "B&P" means "box and papers" where stated.


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Fantastic transaction and watch even better than described / pictures. Tanya was great to deal with, easy communication, give her a raise!

Dave G

Watch shows better then in pictures . Second watch purchased from Bobs since October. Very happy with both experiences . I mistakenly overpaid on the price.of my last purchase. Along with the watch was a check for the overpayment. I feel Bobs as honest and trustworthy. Thanks

Sub 5513

Excellent service . Fantastic communication. I couldn’t of asked for more .

Great company

The watch was delivered very quickly and was exactly as advertised. They even provided a few vintage pamphlets from the period. All my questions were answered promptly. Overall great experience. I will definitely buy my next Rolex from Bob’s.


The condition of this vintage Rolex 5513 is nicer than I anticipated based on the age. Your staff was very helpful and went out of their way to help make sure I had enough links in the band.

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