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In order to understand the history of the Rolex Submariner 5513, it is important to distinguish between all of the different variations of the 5513. During its production period between 1962 and 1989, the watch underwent numerous changes and variations, which are so complex that it would be easy to write an entire book about them. The main reason for this variety was that Rolex recycled all the materials that were still available, even during the process of changing them. This meant that there were no clear periods for particular models and the Submariner 5513 was constantly evolving. Therefore, it can be very difficult to have an overview, however, it is possible to attain a general orientation and to get a feeling for what you should pay attention to by breaking the Rolex 5513 down into a number of sub-items.

Dial variations on the Submariner 5513


Let's begin by looking at the dial of the Submariner 5513: the primary choice is either a glossy or matte dial. That sounds simple at first, but you could also opt for a glossy dial with gold print. On the other hand, an exclusive watch model is guaranteed by choosing one of the rare spider dials, which have small cracks that give the dial the appearance of a spider web. Or perhaps you are interested in one of the rare 5513 models with an Explorer dial, which was briefly in production between 1963 and 1964.

Lettering of the Rolex 5513


The second important aspect concerns the font and lettering. It is important to ask yourself whether you are looking for a dial on which "Oyster Perpetual" was written in serif or not, whether the lettering is underlined and if underlined, which part of the lettering – either "Oyster Perpetual" or "Submariner"? Even the placement of the depth rating is a factor. Is the meter information in front or after the depth in feet? And is the depth in meters above or below the "Submariner" lettering?

Fluorescent materials, calibers and bracelets


This is still only the tip of the iceberg. It gets more complex the deeper you dive into the details of the Submariner. Fluorescent materials and the change from radium to tritium are further features that are due to the fact that the repair of these transitional dials is safer and avoids the health risks due to radiation. The change from the Caliber 1520 to Caliber 1530 also makes a difference. The same applies to the transition from folding to fixed bracelet links. So if you want to buy a Rolex Submariner 5513, it is important that you not only know about the different variations, but also decide what is stylistically important to you and set your priorities accordingly.


Caliber 1530 of a Rolex Submariner 5513 watch
Caliber 1530 | ROLEX SUBMARINER 5513


5 Reasons to buy a Rolex Submariner 5513



  • The Rolex 5513 is one of the longest-standing series with a complex production history

  • The model offers a stunning range of variations and room for personalization

  • Its classic, timeless design guarantees stylish understatement

  • Models of the Rolex Submariner 5513 featuring rare dials are a good investment

  • The nostalgia of a compact sports watch suitable for everyday use


Pre-owned Rolex Submariner 5513 under € 10,000


Finding similarities in such a varied model can be a challenge. Few people are aware that the Submariner 5513 was originally launched to bring more consistency to the series. All models feature white lettering, an integrated crown protector and the design of the minute markers on the bezel, which has been maintained to this day. The distinctive black bezel, which offers an understated elegance, has also remained unchanged on the Rolex 5513. The 5513's bezel can still be turned in both directions, whereas the bezel of modern Submariners can only be rotated in one direction. Many models with a 40 mm wide stainless steel case still have the small holes on the sides that are used to ensure a quick and seamless change of the bracelet. The Rolex 5513 initially employed the Caliber 1520 and only later changed to the Caliber 1530, which is an automatic movement with a 44-hour power reserve and 25 jewels. You can still find bargains on some models of the Rolex Submariner 5513, but if you are interested in any of the rarer variants, you should expect to pay € 13,000 and up.


The Rolex 5513 over the years: 1962 to 1989


Year / Time Period Feature
1962 – 1966 Production period of the Rolex 5513 with glossy dial
1963 – 1964 Production period of the Rolex 5513 with Explorer dial
1964 Switch from radium to tritium
1966 – 1977 Production period of the Rolex 5513 with matte dial
1969 Feet positioned before meters becomes the standard
1969 – 1974 Production period of the Rolex 5513 with serif font
1977 – 1984 Production period of the Rolex 5513 with Maxi dials
1981 Sapphire crystal replaces acrylic, which Rolex still used sporadically until about 1987

3 tips for buying a Submariner 5513


Because the Rolex Submariner 5513 has such a long production history, it is especially important to thoroughly check the condition of the watch when buying a pre-owned 5513. This is not a professional guide, but is intended to give you a rough overview of which aspects you should give special attention to.

As we mentioned before, it is important to pay special attention to the 5513's dial, which is available in many different versions and variations. It is also worth mentioning that in specific cases, as in the case of the aforementioned spider dials, personal taste can vary: what may be a flaw for some is beauty and uniqueness to others.

  1. First, remove the bracelet to view the serial number. It is located between the bridge parts at 6 o'clock on the Rolex 5513. The serial number is used to verify the year of production, which will allow you to evaluate the condition of the Rolex 5513.

  2. Make sure that the black bezel insert is still the original. This can be identified by a thicker font and markings. The inserts used by Rolex for service or repair have a thinner font, which does not blend in as well with the 5513’s dial.

  3. Check the watch’s general condition: is the dial still in good condition and clearly legible? Are the fluorescent materials still in their original condition or have they been replaced by modern variants such as Luminova? Do the hands fit together? Can you see any scratches or dents on the case? Has it been repolished?


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