facebook pixel
Free 1-Day Shipping close
  • 100% Certified Authentic

    Bob's Watches
    100% Certified Authentic

    At Bob's Watches, your trust is very important to us. We believe that buying a pre-owned Rolex watch online should be simple, honest, and straightforward. To that end, we guarantee that every Rolex watch on our site is 100% authentic, comprised entirely of Rolex parts. Our mission is to be the leading trusted online source for selling and buying authentic pre-owned Rolex watches. We stand behind this authenticity guarantee with a full money back refund on any watch not found to be completely genuine.

  • JOIN / LOG IN
100% Certified Authentic

Bob's Watches
100% Certified Authentic

At Bob's Watches, your trust is very important to us. We believe that buying a pre-owned Rolex watch online should be simple, honest, and straightforward. To that end, we guarantee that every Rolex watch on our site is 100% authentic, comprised entirely of Rolex parts. Our mission is to be the leading trusted online source for selling and buying authentic pre-owned Rolex watches. We stand behind this authenticity guarantee with a full money back refund on any watch not found to be completely genuine.

Low Price Guarantee
x
Low Price Guarantee

Bob's Watches is dedicated to always offering the best value to our customers. We will match the price, at the time of purchase, on a Low Price Guarantee product if you find the same item at a lower price at a Designated Major Online Retailer.

Here's how:

  • If you find a qualifying lower price online, call 1-800-494-3708 and direct a customer service agent to the web site with the lower price.
  • On qualifying products, Bob's Watches will then verify the current price to complete the price match.

Purchase price shown is the cash wire price, and any payment method fees such as credit card fees, PayPal fees, Amazon fees, etc, will be added to the transaction total. Prices may be higher if other payment methods are selected. Some exclusions apply. See the list of Designated Major Online Retailers and full details.

Free Overnight Delivery
x
Free Shipping Guarantee

Free priority overnight shipping on all orders applies to U.S. orders only.

Unlike many other websites that have special rules and lots of fine print , Bobswatches.com offers free shipping on all domestic orders placed on our website, with no minimum order size or special exceptions. Just because shipping is free doesn’t mean it should take a long time. Bobswatches.com understands that getting your item quickly is important to you, so we make every effort to process your order as quickly as possible.

VINTAGE CIRCA 1961 ROLEX SUBMARINER 5512 GLOSS GILT EXCLAMATION CHAPTER RING DIAL PCG CASE

A rare and "fresh-to-market" Rolex Submariner in stainless steel
VINTAGE CIRCA 1961 ROLEX SUBMARINER 5512 GLOSS GILT EXCLAMATION CHAPTER RING DIAL PCG CASE
Auction Ended
$30,200
9 Bids
Reserve Met
Auction Ended On
August 4, 2020
Lot 3
Starting Bid: $25,000
Estimate:  $25,000 to $35,000
Manufacturer: Rolex
Year: Circa 1961
Model Name:
Submariner
Reference: 5512
Case Serial Number:
662,XXX
Condition: Excellent condition.
Material: Stainless Steel
Dimensions:
40mm
Bracelet: Stainless Steel Oyster Rivet Bracelet.
Item Number: 133120
Movement:        Cal. 1530, 25 jewels.
Signed Case, dial, movement, and bracelet.

Rolex SUBMARINER 5512  

Bob's does NOT charge a buyer's premium – what you bid is what you pay.

Condition Report

Dial

Excellent original condition and very clean gloss gilt exclamation point chapter ring dial with creamy yellow hour markers and matching hands. Gloss lacquer is in very good condition with very slight matting around outer edge of dial. All luminous plots remain intact. Minute hand has been colored to match the dial. 

Case

Excellent original condition stainless steel PCG case that has been previously polished with light wear from use. Serial and reference numbers remain crisp and well defined. Inside of caseback is stamped 5512 II.61

Bezel

Excellent original black "long 5" bezel insert with very minimal wear. 

Bracelet

Original stainless steel oyster rivet bracelet with 12 links and 80 end links. Clasp is dated 2 62. Bracelet has very minimal wear. 

Box and Papers

Bob's presentation box, Certificate of Authenticity, and warranty card.

Catalog Essay:

While the Rolex Submariner was first introduced in 1953 as a watch specifically designed for scuba diving, it would not be until 1959 with the release of the reference 5512 that Rolex’s legendary dive watch would start to take on what would ultimately become its contemporary form. With the arrival of the ref. 5512, the case of the Submariner grew to its now-standard 40mm and crown guards were added to the side of the case to offer better protection for its screw-down winding crown.

Production of Rolex Submariner 5512 lasted until 1978 and during that time, the watch was fitted with a variety of different dials, cases, bezels, and bracelets. Like other Rolex sports watches, the very first examples of the ref. 5512 received glossy gilt dials and cases with pointed crown guards (known as PCG cases); however these traits were discontinued by the mid-1960s, and replaced by matte dials and cases with square crown guards, which would remain in use until the end of the ref. 5512’s production run.

This particular example of a Rolex Submariner ref. 5512 dates back to approximately 1961, making it a very early example of the reference 5512. Just as one would expect to find on a Submariner from the early 1960s, this ref. 5512 features a PCG case and it is fitted with a 2-line gilt dial that pre-dates the arrival of the additional two lines of chronometer-certification text, which is something that is found on all later-era examples of the reference 5512 Submariner.

Additionally the gilt dial of this particular ref. 5512 has both a chapter ring and an exclamation point marking. The ‘exclamation point’ is identified by a small luminous dot below the 6 o’clock marker, and this unique trait only appears on vintage Rolex sports watches from the early 1960s. It is believed that the marking was used to signify that the radiation levels of the luminous material had been adapted to the new Atomic Energy Commission regulations. Fitted with a circa-correct rivet-link Oyster bracelet and a ‘Long 5’ bezel insert that still has its luminous pearl intact, this watch is a remarkably well-preserved example of a rare and historic reference from the Rolex Submariner’s long and illustrious history.

Backstory:

From the son of the original owner:

The watch was purchased by my father after WW2, we suspect sometime in the early 60’s when he was out of the war. My father was a Deepsea diver during WW2 and the Korean war, he visited many parts of the world during his time served. After the war, he became an engineer and settled down with my mother. To commemorate his time in the war he decided to purchase this Rolex Submariner 5512, I believe he told me he paid no more than a few hundred dollars for the piece, which was a good sum of money for the time, but for him it was invaluable. He believed this Submariner being a dive watch was perfectly suited to honor his dives and time spent serving his country. He wore the watch proudly for many years.

My father had always promised to leave me his watch and I have enjoyed wearing it from time to time. Its been kept safely locked in the bank the past 10 years or so.

SPECIAL NOTICE

MOVEMENT: Movement is functioning. This vintage Rolex Submariner comes with Bob's Watches one year warranty.

Auction Terms & Conditions | Bob's Watches | (800) 494-3708 | Bond # 72BSBHE9842

* The money you spend bidding on items you receive at auction is not tax deductible. Please consult your accountant for all tax related questions or deduction qualifications and bid accordingly.

Video

"The most trusted place to buy or sell a used luxury timepiece" – WSJ

Are you on the list? Subscribe for the latest Rolex news

Bob's Watches is an independent watch dealer and is not sponsored by, associated with and/or affiliated with Rolex, or any other brand listed. Bob's Watches only sells pre-owned watches and provides its own warranties on the watches it sells. Rolex Datejust, Rolex Day Date President, Submariner, Presidential, Explorer, Sea Dweller, Super President, GMT Master, GMT, YachtMaster, Prince, Milgauss, MasterPiece, Air King, Cosmograph Daytona, and PearlMaster, etc are all registered trademarks of the Rolex Corporation. All brands including Brequet, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Ulysse Nardin, Breitling and Omega, etc are trademarks of their respective owners.

Scroll to Top