Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 08, 2020

LOT 139

ROLEX, REF. 5513/5517, MILITARY
SUBMARINER WITH POLISHED
CASEBACK, STEEL

A fine, self-winding, stainless steel military diver’s wristwatch.

Brand Rolex

Model Submariner

Reference 5513/5517

Year Circa 1971

Case No. 3926916

Caliber 1520

Dimensions 39 mm

Signature Dial, Case and Movement

CHF 50,000 - 70,000

HKD 400,000 - 560,000 / USD 50,000 - 70,000

Sold: CHF 137,500


Grading System
Grade:
Case: 3-8

Good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Notes

Well known by military aficionados, it is well known that the double reference 5513/5517 is one of the most collected with approximately 1200 pieces total between the 3 references (5513, 5513/5517 and 5517)
delivered to the UK special forces.
Bought over 30 years ago by a visionary German collector, this particular example impresses by its overall condition. The case is thick and strong with the correct satin finish to the case, a mint dial and hands and the minute-marked military bezel in excellent condition that has slightly faded.
Despite having the serial correctly repeated in the inner caseback, the outer military assignment numbers have unfortunately been polished through time. Was this intentionally done to hide the military provenance or simply polished out, no one will ever know but this example is one of the nicest double references we have had the pleasure of offering.