Featured: One of the Last ref.5512 Submariner's Ever Produced....
The Rolex Submariner reference 5512 was the first Submariner reference to feature crown guards, and was launched in 1959. The reference 5512 was one of the longest produced Vintage Rolex references, being produced for nearly 20 years. In 1962 Rolex launched a similar reference, the reference 5513. By the year 1964, the biggest difference between the reference 5512 and 5513 was the fact that the 5512 was now exclusively chronometer tested and the 5513 was not. A very apparent aesthetic difference between the 5513 and 5512 was that the 5513 only had two lines of text on the bottom portion of the dial (Submariner and the depth rating), versus the 5512 had four lines of text on the bottom portion of the dial (Submariner, the depth rating, and the words "Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified"). Since the 5512 was chronometer tested and the 5513 wasn't, the 5512 was naturally more expensive. As an effect of the price difference between the 5512 and 5513 most buyers opted for the 5513 as it was considerably less and the ordinary customer couldn't justify the extra cost for the similar in looks 5512 with the chronometer tested/certified movement. As a result from this the 5512 was sold in much smaller numbers than the reference 5512. In 1978 the 5512 was finally discontinued and the 5513 reference was in production for another 10 years, until the year 1988.
Recently, I purchased a 5512 with the Maxi Mark 1 dial variant from it's original owner. The watch is all original and up until my recent ownership had never been serviced or even opened. It wasn't until I further inspected it I found it to be a very unique piece. Before owning this particular 5512, it was common knowledge among collectors and dealers that the reference 5512 was seen in production up to the serial number range 5.8million. No examples had been published with a serial number after that. Today, I am excited to say that an all original and correct 5512 with a serial number subsequent to 5.8million has been discovered. The 5512 in question that I have been fortunate to acquire in a 6.125.xxx serial number. Making it one of the latest and perhaps the last 5512 known at this time, 200,000 serial numbers away from the previously known last batch of reference 5512's.
To find out more about the watches history I contacted the original owner. As the story goes the original owner and his nephew bought Rolexes at a similar time and preferred each others more than they did the ones they had purchased. So they decided to swap. The 5512 in question was purchased in around May of 1980 in Western Pennsylvania, 2 years after the 5512 was officially discontinued in 1978. After the original owner had acquired the watch he wore it sparingly and it spent most of it's time in a drawer when it wasn't being worn. The owner never had it serviced.