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17 July 2019 | Monaco | Lot 134
Rolex A fine and sought after Rolex Submariner reference 5512 in stainless steel with bracelet, box , papers, bulletin and certificate of Chronometer
Estimate € 35,000 – 70,000
Material: Stainless Steel
Reference N°: 5512
Case N°: 1215375
Movement N°: D41898
Bracelet: Stainless steel
Signed: Dial, Case and movement
Accessories: Box and papers
Among the most immediately recognizable watches ever produced in the history of watchmaking can surely be found the name of the Submariner, an absolutely iconic model of the Rolex brand. Its history began more than 60 years ago, when the reference 6204 was presented in 1953. Followed many other important references such as the 6538 Big crown or Coroncione, the 5513 and the 1680, the first model with date indication. Rolex launched the references 5512 together with the 5513 in 1962 as the next generation of the legendary Submariner line. Unlike their earlier predecessors, the new references featured crown guards, which gave these tool watches a more robust look, as well as protecting the crown during diving of any unnecessary mishaps. The crown itself is new, no longer the 8 mm Brevet but the new 7 mm Twinlock. The 5512 features a bezel with minute divisions for the first fifteen minutes and silver triangle, the dial shows the depth rated to 660 ft – 200 m, and, as of 1964, the designation “Swiss T<25” was added to the bottom of the dial. Can also be present the designation Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified while the seconds track is closed as on the previous models, but from 1965, thanks to the introduction of the new 1560 and 1570 calibres, it will become open. The color of the dial can alternatively be, from 1967, matte with white graphics or glossy with golden or mixed gold/white graphics, such as the present watch. The lot we are pleased to offer here is one of the nicest we had the chance to see so far. It is sold full set with also the bulletin which, nowadays, is a really appreciated characteristic and not easy to find at all. Moreover the whole watch is great for conditions and rarity. The riveted Oyster bracelet with deployant is simply special, the black graduated bezel is fresh and with still very noticeable knurling. The dial is something really difficult to find, the tritium indexes are very evident, the external seconds/minutes track has a very vivid color that stands out in an excellent way as well as the guilt of the depth that, as the most careful observers will have noticed, presents the rare characteristic of the “meter first” and the certification of “superlative chronometer officially certified”. Iconic and rare, this watch is a piece of history that speaks and is just waiting to be heard.
Accompanied by the Original Rolex letter with the bulletin of the test control of the chronometer in 1965 and the original warranty confirming the sale in 1966.