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Featured: Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513

The Submariner emerged at a time when oceanographer and explorer Jacques Cousteau exposed the world to the wonders of undersea exploration. With the advent of SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) in the late 1950s, skin-diving as a sport became much more accessible to amateurs. Since a watch is crucial for divers to calculate how much air is left in their tank, they needed a specialized, yet easy-to-read watch. Rolex was fortunate in that René Jeanneret, one of the company’s directors, was a skin-diving enthusiast, giving Rolex a unique insight into the development of their diving watch. Since a Rolex had already scaled the world’s tallest mountain (the Explorer, worn by Sir Edmund Hillary on Mount Everest), where else should a Rolex go but to the very bottom of the ocean?

This particular Submariner is incredibly desirable, due in no small part to the perfect ‘Tropical’ aging of the dial that has turned it from a matte black to a lovely chocolate brown. Coupled with the gorgeously faded bezel insert (with original pip!), this Reference 5513 is a rare find worthy of a serious collection.

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