1967 Rolex 5513 Meters First Day-Glow Submariner

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Description: The 5513 is known as the cult classic submariner. It solidifies itself as the bridge between the vintage crownguard-less subs of the past as well as solidified cues of design that have not left the modern Subs of today. This gorgeous meter’s first example is named after the “200m = 660ft” depth rating having preference for the metric system as opposed to the American Standard. As Rolex developed more of an audience in America and it’s shares climbed, it standardized “Ft” first going forward. This 5513 in particular has a nice light lume and and an excellent case that appears super thick and unpolished. 

The Day-Glow variant of this 5513 has often been misunderstood over the years. Produced only in late 66 and 67, this dial variant uses experimental lume as Rolex was transitioning out of gilt era type lume. It is believed to be a mixture of zinc sulfide and tritium and this mixture still reacts to UV today and quickly dissipates. 

Dial: Day-Glow 5513 dial  

Insert: Black insert 

Case: Excellent condition case with bevels for days 

Bracelet: 9315