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  1. airansun Seasons will pass you by Feb 11, 2020

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    In my fall from the Omega lust tree, I hit the Rolex branch. Not too hard, fortunately for my wallet. I got a couple of books and have been studying hard.

    The problem is, I dislike Rolex’s modern catalog of watches. Since the 70’s, they've taken their iconic designs and jewelried them up, first with those gold surrounds on the dials. I remember the first time I saw this effect on their then new Explorers — ugh. (I bought a mid 60’s 1016 in the mid 80’s and that is how Explorers should look, at least in my eyes.) Most recently, they’ve put all their stuff on chemical growth hormones, so everything has gotten fatter and bigger, for the sake of ‘updating’.

    After some searching, I recently picked up a meters first 5513 from the last quarter of 1967 and I’m wearing it all the time these days. I love how clean the presentation is.

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    It’s clearly been polished, but the dial is quite nice. I think nice 5513s are a much better deal than any of the modern Sub offerings. Btw, a great site for researching these watches: http://5513mattedial.com/About.html


    So, show us your beloved 5513! (5512s and earlier Subs are welcomed too!)
     
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  2. kidkimura Feb 11, 2020

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    @Spacefruit special: 5512. She’s not the prettiest, but we’ve had some great times together
     
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  3. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Feb 11, 2020

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  4. Dan S Feb 11, 2020

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    Mine is a real beater. Somebody truly wore the heck out of it.

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  5. Larry S Color Commentator for the Hyperbole. Feb 11, 2020

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    As it should be. These were working watches not safe queens. Love that insert!
     
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  6. sxl2004 Feb 11, 2020

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  7. Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Feb 11, 2020

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    Love mine, some noses may be turned up at the lume in the hands but to be honest it doesn't really bother me and it will be taken care of come next service.

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  8. Alpha Kilt Owner, Beagle Parent, Omega Collector Feb 11, 2020

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    Edit : nice thread b.t.w.
     
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  9. mr.kaplan Feb 11, 2020

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  10. Dsloan Feb 11, 2020

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    The 5513 is close to the Platonic ideal of a watch for me. I don't have much love for modern Rolex's designs or business practices, but you've gotta respect these real tool watches.
     
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  11. Dero13 4 watches. All set to the wrong time. Feb 11, 2020

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    5513s are my favorite Rolex. Love the simplicity of the dial and the large lume plots ::love::. Heres my maxi from 82

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  12. Bakertime Feb 11, 2020

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    They really are fantastic watches. The dial is so balanced +. My meters first with serial close to the one in the original post.
     
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  13. t_swiss_t Feb 11, 2020

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    He said 5512's were welcome. 1959 Mark 1 silver print. Should probably find the correct insert but not at the top of my 'to do' list. If someone has a similar condition long 5 and wants to trade, shoot me a PM.

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  14. CoDiffe Feb 11, 2020

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    Dang this is making me second guess myself. Trade in the 14060 for a 5513?
     
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  15. sxl2004 Feb 11, 2020

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    you need both :D
     
  16. wagudc Feb 11, 2020

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    Truly lovely watches guys! I recognize many if these from the WRUW thread. I agree with @airansun about modern Rolex. These 5513's are great watches, but are out of my budget at this time. I am not sure if I will ever be up to spending that much on a watch, but let me know if you want to include me your will.
    ;)
     
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  17. wagudc Feb 11, 2020

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    Maybe I can invent a time machine.
    ::stirthepot::
     
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  18. jsducote Feb 11, 2020

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    I'm surprised nobody has yet mentioned that it was a Bond watch more than 20 years before the Seamaster claimed that title. ::stirthepot::
     
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  19. marco Feb 11, 2020

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    What is it that makes them so special ? Is it the symmetry and balance of the dial ?
    Whatever it is it works, timeless imho.
    Here is my Gilt 5513 from 1966, not as good as it looks as the laquer has gone from most of the minute track, fortunately this is not apparent when on the wrist.
     
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  20. airansun Seasons will pass you by Feb 12, 2020

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    Wow! Beautiful pieces all! I’m glad I already own one, because otherwise this thread would drive me nuts.

    To me, 5513s are the most desirable 60’s vintage Rolexes. And, because for some reason, I am inclined towards 60’s watches in general, matte 5513s are probably my favorite vintage Rolexes, with 1016s running a close second.

    (Even if I could afford a 60’s Daytona, I can’t imagine wearing one as my everyday watch. For me, this is an important criteria.)

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