Exclusive Timepieces 17 April 2021 | Monaco LOT 186

186. Rolex Fine and Sought After Submariner Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, Reference 5508, With Tropical Brown Dial

Estimate € 20,000 –⁠ 40,000

Sold € 35,100
Lot Description
Model: Submariner
Reference: 5508
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1957
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 1530
Case N°: 361180
Dimensions: 39 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

When thinking about the most recognizable watches in horology’s history, thoughts of hundreds and hundreds of people surely immediately go to the name of this unforgettable creation is simple and unmistakable: Submariner. Preserved in excellent original overall condition, the present timepiece is a very rare and highly attractive example of the Submariner reference 5508. This 1959 gorgeous specimen has a three-body tonneau screw down back case with 6 mm winding crown in stainless steel of esteemed quality with a nice oyster riveted bracelet also in steel. The bidirectional revolving bezel graduation is likewise correct for the model, with the first fifteen minutes indicated by individual strokes. The dial immediately hits the observer for its beauty, the radium indexes are very evident, the external seconds/minutes track has a very vivid color that stands out in an excellent way. The gold Submariner signature perfectly matches the Rolex oyster Perpetual one such as the Mercedes hands and the indexes. This watch is one of those objects that capture and fascinate, the perfect representation of a status symbol but with a more sophisticated taste.