Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, November 11, 2018

LOT 571


A fine and extremely rare, self-winding, stainless steel, diver's wristwatch with explorer dial.

Brand Rolex

Model Submariner

Reference Ref. 5512

Year 1961

Numbers Case N. 661605

Caliber 1560

Bracelet Stainless steel Rolex expandable riveted bracelet, approx. overall length 178 mm.

Accessories Fitted box

Dimensions 40 mm.

Signed Dial, Case and Movement.

CHF 80,000 - 140,000

HKD 640,000 - 1,120,000 / USD 80,000 - 140,000

Sold: CHF 83,750

Grading System
Grade: Logo grading


Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 3-10*



Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Property of the original British owner. Considered by many collectors as a true holy grail, the explorer dial Submariner has always held a special place in the collector's heart. Found also in the 5513 Submariner as well as in the 6538 and 6200, its distinctive dial layout is one of the most pleasing designs ever designed. Scholars seem to agree that many of these were delivered to the UK, such as this piece, maybe due to the diving/military connection. Featuring pointed crown guard and a low serial number dating to 1961, the 5512 Explorer Submariner is one of the rarest variants of the time. With a wonderful gilt dial featuring an underline that has been maintained in excellent condition, it is sure to please the most discerning vintage sport Rolex model collectors and has never appeared on the market until today.