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Rolex Submariner Ref. 5512 with Square Crown Guards in Steel

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Auction from Dec 6, 2018 to Dec 6, 2018
Condition: Pre-owned
Scope of delivery: No original box, no original papers
US - New York
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Basic Info

Listing number 5ROBE1
Reference number 5512
Brand Rolex
Model Submariner (No Date)
Code 1110
Movement Automatic
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Steel
Year 1959
Scope of delivery No original box, no original papers
Location United States of America, New York, New York


Movement Automatic
Movement/Caliber 1530


Case material Steel
Case diameter 40 mm
Dial Black


Bracelet material Steel
Bracelet color Steel


Chronometer, Rotating Bezel


Circa: 1959
Ref: 5512
Case Number: 477973
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Dimension: 40 mm in diameter
Dial: Glossy black dial with gilt printing. Printed hour markers with radium. Triangle shaped hour marker at 12; 3, 6, and 9 have stick shaped hour markers; and dot shaped hour markers at the rest.
Bracelet Material: Rolex rivet style in steel
Bracelet Size: 7"-7.75"
Movement: Automatic
Functions: Time, rotating dive bezel
Caliber: 1530

We have the pleasure to present to collectors one of the most rare versions of the Rolex Submariner, the reference 5512 with square crown guards. The reference was 5512 was launched in 1959 to replace earlier small and big crown submariners without crown guards. The crown guards were added as a way to protect the crown from impact that could damage the stem and tube, resulting in water damage to the watch.

It is thought that less than 100 examples of the 5512 Submariner were produced with square crown guards. After complaints from customers about damage to diving wet suits by the crown guards, Rolex quickly shaved the guards to produce what are called "pointed crown guards", though these were also replaced two years later by the crown guards we see today, referred to as round crown guards.

The reference 5512 is already a rare collector item: it was officially certified chronometer, meaning the Swiss government noted it met its accuracy requirements, as compared to the reference 5513 which was less expensive, produced in greater numbers, and was not certified a chronometer. This is an opportunity to own an already rare and beautiful example, made even more rare by the presence of square crown guards.

Dial maintains its glossy finish with very fine cracks in the surface lacquer. Hands in very nice condition. Luminous material in the dial and hands appears intact, original to the watch, and has aged to a beautiful creamy color. The case exhibits scratches and wear throughout, consistent with age and regular wear. Case lightly polished with beveled edges on the lugs worn but still clearly apparent. Square crown guards in very nice and crisp condition. Movement running at time of cataloging. Overall in extremely nice vintage condition.



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