Rolex Submariner 'Big Crown'
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
The Rolex Submariner is a classic, and there's a good reason why almost every collector winds up with one in their stash — these are timeless, tough, do-anything, go-anywhere tool watches.
In the world of vintage Subs, early ‘Big Crown’ models are some of the most sought after. Utilizing an oversized 8mm, screw-down winding crown, these heavy duty divers terminated with the Reference 5510, before the introduction of crown guard models such as the 5512.
This particular Reference 5510 features an acrylic crystal, a ‘Brevet’ signed crown, a bi-directional rotating 'red triangle' bezel, and a super early early gilt Tritium service dial with matching handset, and is fitted to a stainless steel Oyster bracelet with ‘big logo’ clasp.
Showing signs of honest wear and only light previous polishing, this is a stunning time capsule of a watch that recalls the heyday of early recreational SCUBA diving and Rolex’s entry into the tool watch world.
It’s estimated that only 1,000 pieces of the Reference 5510 were ever produced.
Don’t let this excellent example slip through your fingers!
The case is in very good condition overall with thick lugs showing sleeve polish and normal wear consistent with age and use. Early gloss black 'gilt' service dial is in fantastic condition overall showing even patination to luminous elements with color matching handset. Bezel insert shows light, even navy blue fade with faint wear. 'Brevet' signed 8mm 'big' crown.
From the early waterproof Oyster case of the 1920s through to the ultra-complicated Sky Dweller of today, Rolex models and innovations have captivated a global audience and permeated the zeitgeist unlike those of any other brand. Whether it’s a simple, time-only Air King, a function-first Submariner or a complicated GMT Master II for the jet set, a Rolex commands a certain respect on the wrist and says something about the discerning eye of its owner.
From the swimming of the English channel in 1927 to the scaling of Mt. Everest in 1953, Rolex watches have been associated with adventure for the better part of a century. Despite its association since the 1970s more with luxury and status than with commando operations behind enemy lines or sporting achievements, Rolex still makes one of the most robust timepieces available on the contemporary market. And the company continues to support scientific endeavors around the world.
Interestingly, for most of the firm’s history, Rolex largely did not produce its components in-house, including its movements. (Indeed, hand-wound Daytonas sold today at auction for eye-watering prices feature run-of-the-mill Valjoux movements that feature in watches from hundreds of other brands). It wasn’t until the early 21st century that Rolex became the vertically integrated manufacturing behemoth that it is today, purchasing everything from movement manufacturers to bracelet companies. (Notably, the Crown even forges its own gold.)
Whether one is attracted to the rich history of the brand or simply finds its products notable from an investment perspective, Rolex is a company whose wares are guaranteed to remain a benchmark for horological quality forever.
Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.
We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.
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Rolex Submariner 'Big Crown'