Rolex. A very rare stainless steel automatic centre seconds bracelet watch with rare 3-6-9 Explorer type dial <B>Ref:5513, Case No.1103643, Made in March 1964</B>

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Rolex. A very rare stainless steel automatic centre seconds bracelet watch with rare 3-6-9 Explorer type dial
Ref:5513, Case No.1103643, Made in March 1964

Sold for £ 40,800 (US$ 49,321) inc. premium
Rolex. A very rare stainless steel automatic centre seconds bracelet watch with rare 3-6-9 Explorer type dial
Ref:5513, Case No.1103643, Made in March 1964
26-jewel Cal.1530 automatic movement, black dial with baton hour markers and Arabic 3, 6, 9 at the quarters, dial printing and designation "Rolex Oyster Perpetual in gilt and 200m=660ft Submariner printed in silver, underneath is the double printing of the T-25, calibrated faded bezel insert, polished case with pointed crown guards, screw down Oyster crown and screw back stamped 5513 III 64, fitted fabric Nato style strap, case, dial and movement signed 40mm.

Footnotes

  • The present Submariner is a particularly rare version of the celebrated reference 5513 model. The Explorer dial Submariners or 3-6-9's were believed to be produced in very small numbers during the late 1950's and early 1960's. Rolex literature from this period shows this dial variation but exact production numbers are not known.

    The rarity of this present watch is further enhanced by the wonderful matching colour of the hands and dial markers which balance nicely. This dial also the double printing of the T-25 and also silver meters first depth rating and Submariner designation. Its interesting to note that this example is only a few serial numbers away in production from the example sold in the rooms on the 9th of December 2009 (lot 233).

    This watch was purchased in 1965 by the current owner and worn dialy up until 1971, where it went into his safe as he purchased a gold Rolex Date-Just. Recently discovered again by the owner and here for auction for the first time, this is a rare opportunity of acquiring a wonderful example of this coveted model.
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Rolex. A very rare stainless steel automatic centre seconds bracelet watch with rare 3-6-9 Explorer type dial <B>Ref:5513, Case No.1103643, Made in March 1964</B>
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