Rolex. A stainless steel automatic centre seconds wristwatchSubmariner, Ref:5512, Serial No.478021, Circa 1959

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Rolex. A stainless steel automatic centre seconds wristwatch
Submariner, Ref:5512, Serial No.478021, Circa 1959

Sold for £ 31,250 (US$ 37,777) inc. premium
Rolex. A stainless steel automatic centre seconds wristwatch
Submariner, Ref:5512, Serial No.478021, Circa 1959
25-jewel Cal.1530 automatic movement, matt-black dial with luminous dot and baton hour markers, outer gilt five minute divisions, gilt printed Rolex Oyster perpetual and Submariner text with silver printed 200m=660ft, later luminous filled Mercedes hands, brushed and polished round case with screw on back with 1957 date code, rotating calibrated bezel, square shouldered lugs surrounding the Oyster crown, fitted fabric NATO style strap, case, dial and movement signed 39mm.

Footnotes

  • Rolex introduced the reference 5512 in 1959 to substitute for Ref. 5510 and 6538, starting with a 478.xxx serial number. The most important features of the new reference were a new wide graduated revolving bezel for the decompression times, a smaller winding crown (from 8 to 7 mm.) and a protective crown guard. The earliest models featured square type guards such as this one; approximately 100 examples of Ref. 5512 were tested by professional divers. This particular type of crown guard was not easy to use while wearing professional diver's gloves and Rolex stopped production. A limited number of Ref. 5512 with square guards were made, starting with serial number 478.xxx, and only in 1959.
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