Shopping Time: 5 Rare And Collectible UK AAA Online Rolex GMT Master Replica Watches You Can Buy Right Now

We’ve been bringing you our market analysis showing that Rolex prices are dropping as neophile collectors fall out of the scene after the pandemic. We’ve noted similar trends with prices on the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Philippe Nautilus. We’ve also given you advice on how to use market data to better inform your collecting strategies. Today we are looking at some outliers that have held their value: Some very tasty vintage luxury Rolex GMT Master replica watches.

One of the finer datapoints emerging from our reporting is that, even when a brand is down, specific watches can be up. This is the case with Rolexes that are more rare and special for various reasons. In fact, we recently published a piece on how to identify 11 features that can make a Rolex more rare and, thus, usually more valuable.

A key feature that can up the collectibility of a watch its proximity to the to the original version of that reference.. When we spoke with Rolex expert and vintage dealer Eric Wind recently, he told Robb Report that “Overall I’m still bullish with the first series. 1:1 UK Rolex fake watches are still behind art and cars, but the gap for early versus later [watch models] will continue to grow, just as it has with prints and cars.” With that in mind, we’ve curated some interesting Rolex GMT Masters, including very early Bakelite example and two early solid gold four-digit models. (To learn more about Rolex reference number, check out our guide on buying your first Rolex.)

The Rolex GMT-Master is a cornerstone of the brand’s history, as well as of the entire sport watch genre. The GMT-Master is responsible for delivering one of the most practical complications to a mechanical watch: The ability to track multiple time zones. At the behest of PanAm Airlines at the dawn of the jet-set era, Rolex developed a 24 hour hand with which their pilots could track a second time zone against the now iconic red and blue bicolor bezel. This perfect replica Rolex watches left an indelible impression on the emerging global culture of the 1950s, and impression that persists to this day.

This week, we’re putting a spotlight on the GMT-Master, with a particular focus on its earlier years. Many of these high quality Rolex copy watches represent the best of the collection through its history, and tell a story of innovation along the way. From the GMT-Master’s genesis with the reference 6542, to its solid gold expressions in the ‘70s and ‘80s, these are five of the most desirable, collectible and valuable GMT-Masters available on the market right now.

1958 Rolex GMT-Master 6542 Replica Watches | $64,450

This is the reference that started it all. The Swiss made fake Rolex GMT-Master 6542 watches, based on the Turn-O-Graph (Ref. 6202), launched officially in 1955 with a unique bakelite bezel that split the top half in blue and the bottom half in red to denote daylight from night time. These are the colors (BLue and ROuge, or BLRO in Rolex parlance) that would go on to define the collection, and many other GMT watches, to this day. Due to the somewhat brittle nature of the bakelite material, as well as its use of radioactive Strontium 90, the original bezel was replaced with an aluminum insert by the end of the 6542’s short production run, making the surviving original bakelite examples exceptionally rare, sought after, and valuable.

This example, offered by Craft & Tailored, dates to 1958, but it is not entirely original. And yet we feel it is a striking example. It features the smaller lume plots that appeared prior to the larger applications. The case has been skillfully refinished to bring the original chamfer back to life (along the outer top edge of the lugs). The original glossy dial shows signs of age, as you’d expect, with some light “lava” spotting around the 6 o’clock marker. The main modification is the tritium “service bezel,” which also shows its age, but is largely intact. The bright colors have faded to earthy tones, providing a quite unique look to this 6542. While not perfect, this GMT ticks a lot of boxes and looks to have plenty of life left to give.

1977 Rolex GMT-Master 1675/8 Yellow Gold Fake Watches | $36,500

The 1675 spawned some interesting variations within the reference, none more so than the yellow gold 1675/8, if you ask us. This was not as simple as rendering the case and bracelet in precious metal, but rather, a rework of the entire colorway. This Rolex replica watches for sale paired its yellow gold case and jubilee bracelet with a brown dial and bezel (not bicolor), and even took a step further to rework the hour markers into conical applied indexes, creating what is known as a “nipple dial.” This dramatically changed the personality of the GMT-Master, and suited the new colorway remarkably well. And as you may have guessed from the photo, they age beautifully.

This example on offer from The Keystone is from 1977, and features an early dial as evidenced by the applied gold coronet at 12 o’clock (later productions received an printed crown). The bezel insert and dial have faded in an even manner creating a uniform look throughout, and while there are a few scuffs on the bezel insert, the colors at work more than make up for it, as does its originality. This is a perfect embodiment of a vintage precious metal Rolex.

1963 Replica Rolex GMT-Master 1675 Double Signed Watches | $32,850

The reference 6542 was in production until 1959 (and received three different calibers in that time) before being replaced by the reference 1675, which would remain in production until 1980. The 1675 is where the cheap Rolex GMT-Master super clone watches found its footing, and while the aluminum bezel wasn’t quite as charming as the bakelite, it presented a far more practical option. This reference received the caliber 1565 when it was released, and also introduced crown guards to the case. Both features would evolve over its lifespan, once again providing collectors and enthusiasts ample ground for hair splitting.

This 1675, offered by Tropical Watch, is a relatively early production example dating to 1963, and features pointed crown guards as well as a double signed dial. This GMT was retailed by Venezuela’s exclusive Rolex dealer, Serpico Y Laino, and is signed as such under the hand stack. This dial also boasts an evenly aging dial with light speckling throughout, and mostly intact puffy hour markers, creating for an overall incredible appearance. The bezel insert is heavily faded, though this is the easiest element of the best Rolex replica watches to alter, should the buyer desire. The 24 hour hand is not original, and the case has been refinished, but the dial is the real star of the show here, and the price reflects its shortcomings.

1984 Fake Rolex GMT-Master 16758 Yellow Gold Watches | $34,500

This is an updated version of the 1675 listed above. This one is fitted with a yellow gold jubilee bracelet, which vastly shifts the personality.

In 1981, Rolex began transitioning the GMT to a 5-digit reference, and introduced modern features such as an updated movement with a quickset date feature. The top China replica Rolex 16758 reference watches (seen here) used both matte dials with white gold surrounds and glossy dials, sometimes with “nipple” markers as it transitioned to the 16768 (more on that one later). This generation of GMT was also produced in two-toned (ref. 16753) and in full yellow gold, as seen here.

This specific example is offered by Amsterdam Vintage Watches, and is powered by the updated caliber 3075 with that quick-set date function. This is the final generation to get an acrylic crystal, which absolutely sings against the faded brown dial and bezel insert. It’s a bit of the best of both worlds, and we love vintage references that fall into this timeframe, 1984 in this case. These still have plenty of life left in them, and this fully crisp case is an excellent example.

Rolex GMT-Master II 16760 Replica Watches | $29,000

Finally, we enter a transitional period for the GMT. In 1983, Rolex introduced a big update in the reference 16760—the first 2024 China Rolex GMT-Master II fake watches. Production of this reference would only last 5 years, and would help set the stage for the next two decades (reference 16710). The 16760 seen here is also known as the ‘Fat Lady’ for its thicker case, and it brought white gold surrounds to the hour indexes, as well as a new bezel colorway. This reference was only offered with a red and black bezel, also known as a “Coke.” It was also offered on both oyster and jubilee bracelets.

This Rolex super clone watches for men from Wind Vintage features one of the finest surviving cases we’ve come across. The lines are crisp with the subtle chamfer along the lugs perfectly intact. The case, bracelet, and bezel assembly appear barely used, though age has made itself known in a very subtle manner around the dial and bezel insert. This one comes as a full kit, and is priced on the high end given its condition—but there aren’t many out there in as pristine conditions as this one.

Roger Federer On Wimbledon, Best UK Fake Rolex Watches, And Being World No.1

As the 2024 Wimbledon Championships unfolds, tennis legend and Rolex Testimonee Roger Federer shares his views on the tournament, his journey as the sport’s number one player, and working together with the Swiss AAA Rolex replica watches brand.

From the first of July until the 14th, the eyes of the world will once again turn to the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, London, for the 2024 Wimbledon Championships. And perhaps it goes without saying that extra attention will fall on reigning men’s singles champion Carlos Alcaraz, with many likening the Spanish superstar to tennis legend Roger Federer. Exactly 20 years ago, Federer returned to The Championships following his first win, and not only won his second Wimbledon Trophy but also went on to become the World No.1 player in the same year and holding that title for 237 consecutive weeks – a record that is yet to be broken.

Interestingly, Alcaraz and Federer have another thing in common: both are part of the Rolex family of Testimonees. High quality Rolex fake watches has been the Official Timekeeper of Wimbledon since 1978, and has always resonated with those who have the passion, skill and technical precision to excel in the epitome of tennis.

“From the very first time I walked out on court at The All England Club as a junior, I had a feeling that Wimbledon was special. I always believed that I was meant to like grass because of my style of play but I never thought I would achieve the results that I did,” Federer commented. “Luxury replica Rolex watches is a very important part of tennis globally; however, I believe that the clock on the court at Wimbledon has an even bigger impact than anywhere else.”

The connection between the Swiss-born 20-time Grand Slam champion and the Swiss watch brand felt especially natural, and grew deeper since Federer’s appointment as Rolex Testimonee in 2001. “Being from Switzerland gives me an even bigger sense of pride to be representing top Rolex copy watches and the many people behind the prestigious company,” he elaborated. “Seeing Rolex so embedded in tennis, a partnership that has been nurtured over such a long time, also makes me very happy and very proud. My relationship with perfect UK Rolex replica watches is so much more than just a working one, I feel like it’s a deep friendship and I always feel incredibly welcome whenever I am with the brand.”

Speaking of the present, however, Federer seems confident about the current lineup of top tennis players. “There is a lot to look forward to this season but, really, I just like watching great tennis. There are very talented younger players coming through like Rolex Testimonees Carlos Alcaraz and Jannik Sinner, who are performing well and winning the big tournaments,” he comments. “It’s always great to see major breakthroughs, with new stories unfolding and hopefully we will see some great matches too.”

With excitement and speculation about the 137th Wimbledon reaching a fever pitch, including the aforementioned comparison between Alcaraz and Federer, it’s worth reflecting on what the latter had to say about becoming World No.1. “In many ways it was emotionally hard to get to World No.1 because when I was edging closer to it, I just felt immense pressure,” Federer shared. “Once I became the World No.1 it felt like the weight lifted off my shoulders and I could really start to enjoy playing tennis. You often hear stories about how it’s harder to stay at the top, but for me it was actually easier to stay there, and I guess in many ways my record reflects that. Achieving it felt like climbing Mount Everest and then being on top of the mountain, able to appreciate the incredible achievement.”

And now, the world once again waits with bated breath for a new Wimbledon champion to emerge and follow in the footsteps of this amazing legend.

A Collector’s Guide To The Vintage Perfect 1:1 Replica Rolex Submariner 5513 Watches UK

Writing about the best replica Rolex Submariner 5513 watches in 2024 is kind of like reviewing Led Zeppelin IV or Godfather II or maybe even just Oppenheimer in today’s world, where culture moves faster than the flick of a thumb scroll. There’s not much that hasn’t been said about an exceedingly good but simple dive watch, or so it might seem. But also, sometimes it’s worth remembering: “Black Dog” just freakin’ rocks.

Which is exactly why I wanted to write about the Rolex Submariner 5513 – it just freakin’ rocks.

All those “new” releases that are actually just different dial colors are fun to follow and sometimes actually exciting. But now – especially now – when the market is slower and complaints about price hikes are taken for granted, like an Oscar nomination for Coppola or Nolan (except Megalopolis – please no), there’s something exceedingly appealing about one of the longest-running divers ever.

A decade ago, one John Mayer called the 5513 one of his “best buys” in vintage AAA UK Rolex fake watches for under $8,000. Since then, the market has gone up and back down like a Mayer guitar riff, which has even made me feel like it might be a “best buy” again, relatively speaking, as always. We’ll get to the market of it all towards the end – mostly, I want this to be about the 5513 and not the acquisition of said watch.

A Quick Refresher On The Rolex Submariner 5513

Especially when we’ve already done the Reference Points on a particular model, it can feel like we’ve said everything there is to say.

“Welp, good job guys, we did it – we wrote 10,505 words on the Submariner – try and top that,” the very title Reference Points taunts. But there’s still plenty to say about the 5513.

As Reference Points reminds us, Rolex produced the 5513 from 1962 through 1989, which means it lived a life longer than most domesticated cats. Like a house cat, any particular high quality replica Rolex Submariner 5513 watches isn’t exactly rare or special (just kidding, Marmalade, I love you, my sweet tortie), but as the 5513 fades further in the rearview, it’s harder to find them in good condition. More than rarity, the condition is what can set a vintage Sub apart.

Submariner 5512 Vs. 5513

Rolex introduced the Submariner 5513 in 1962, three years after the Submariner 5512. The main difference is on the inside, as the 5513 does not feature a COSC-certified chronometer movement. After its first few years of production, the 5512 always used a chronometer-certified movement. This was signified by the “Superlative Chronometer” text on the dial at six o’clock. The 5512 carried a premium, but the cheap Rolex copy watches are the same otherwise. As the first Submariner references with crown guards, they laid the groundwork for the next 60 years of the model. While materials have changed, cases have gotten beefier and bracelets sturdier; a 5512 or 5513 is, basically, the same as a modern 124060.

While it would’ve made a difference when these Rolex replica watches for men were originally purchased, nowadays, the chronometer (5512) vs. non-chronometer (5513) doesn’t mean as much. As a matter of taste, some collectors might like the idea of a chronometer more, while others might prefer the minimal two lines of text on a 5513 dial. (I’m mostly the latter – don’t get mad at me, chronometer heads.)

“Sure, the 5512 is rarer, but for the most part, people just want a good-looking Submariner with a little character,” Charlie Dunne, Vice President and Senior Specialist at Wind Vintage, said. It’s often said that you’ll find one 5512 for every 20 5513s, but these are just estimates. For perspective, EveryWatch tracks the secondary market and says there are 137 ref. 5512s available right now, while there are 764 ref. 5513s available.

Either way a 5513 in great condition always beats a poor 5512.

“For me, the 5513 is among the ultimate in sports Rolex,” Fratello editor Mike Stockton added. “Despite the fact that I’ve always been partial to the 5512 because my dad wore a battered ’60s example for diving, I deeply respect the 5513.” This illustrates the larger point: Any preference between the two references is mostly personal.

Two-liner vs. four-liner – it’s a debate nearly as old as the detent escapement. Other than that, the 5512 and 5513 are the same top fake Rolex watches: 40 x 14mm, no date, 200 meters of water resistance, a rotating bezel, and a black dial. The no-date 5512 and 5513 are often discussed together and differentiated from the Submariner Date ref. 1680, which was introduced a few years later.

Let’s focus on the 5513, the “everyman” Sub for nearly three decades. We’ll briefly discuss dial types and why collectors might prefer one over the other, the evolution of the Oyster bracelet, and the case condition before ending with a discussion of the market and collecting the Submariner 5513.

Submariner 5513 Dials

In broad terms, there are three generations of the 5513:

Gilt dials, 1962–1967ish
Matte dials, 1967–1984ish
Glossy dials, 1984–1989

Within these are nearly limitless variants based on dial printing, lume plots, and crown guard shape, not to mention rare birds like MilSubs and Explorer dials that sit at the top of Sub collecting, if not all of vintage Rolex. This isn’t a full deep-dive into every single variation of the 5513 – that’s been done. Besides our Reference Points, is a great resource for learning about the 10 (!) matte dial variants.

Instead of going in-depth on each of the dial types, I found one collector to explain why one specific dial type – gilt, matte, or glossy – is their favorite.

Gilt Dials

Like many brands, Rolex produced gilt dials for its sports replica Rolex watches for sale in the early ’60s, including Subs. These dials were produced by a time-intensive process that exposed the underlying metal of the dial blank. Since the technique exposes the blank brass underneath the dial’s face, this often results in golden text and markers. A lacquer is also added, giving the black dial a “glossy,” shiny finish.

This gilt process was used by Rolex to produce 5513 (and 5512) dials until the late ’60s. Today, collectors still love gilt dials because they’re deep and rich, with metallic lettering that no paint can match – and gilt Subs carry the price premiums to prove it. Some old guys will even tell you these gilt dials are the real-deal vintage stuff, and everything after that is far too modern for their sensibilities.

“I particularly like gilt Submariners because they’re bold tool watches that exhibit beautiful fragility as well,” collector (and gilt 5513 owner) Jeff Binstock said. “Early ’60s Submariners have bold, beautiful, glossy dials with subtle gilt writing in relief. But they’re also fragile and many experienced cracking and peeling from heat and moisture exposure.” Because of this, finding a gilt Sub in collectible condition is a real treat.

These gilt dials truly feel like old, vintage Swiss movements Rolex super clone watches from another era. It’s hard to find anything made since that compares with that deep, glossy black.

Matte Dials

By the late ’60s, Rolex started transitioning from gilt to matte dials.

In his excellent in-depth article on the Submariner 5512, Dunne explained that the pad printing (or tampography) process was actually invented for watch dials by a German industrialist, developing a process to print matte dials at scale by 1968. It’s no wonder we saw brands like Rolex transition from those pesky gilt dials to matte dials in the late ’60s. While pad printing would soon be used for all kinds of things, it was invented for 2024 China Rolex replica watches.

For Stockton, who owns a Maxi matte 5513, this is as good as it gets.

“The fact that Rolex was making this antiquated watch with a matte dial and gorgeous domed Tropic crystal well into the ’80s strikes me as anachronistic. I love the huge, warm tritium lume plots under the crystal… earlier pieces are fine but more lume is better to me.”

Stockton is referring to the “Maxi” dials that Rolex began producing in the late ’70s, so called because of the larger lume plots that can make the watch feel even bigger. These mega lume plots can also make the watch feel a bit bigger on wrist.

He’s right – getting a full view of all those lume plots through that old, domed plastic crystal just feels right. Dunne agreed.

“There’s nothing like a gilt Rolex dial,” Dunne conceded. “But should a matte dial always be less desirable than gilt? No way.” The crisp print and textured surface give matte dials a character all their own. Especially if you take into account the premium that gilt can command over matte, there’s a lot of value in matte dials.

A matte Submariner is, in many ways, the Submariner. It’s not flashy or rare or ostentatious, it’s just a great vintage dive watch, and that’s exactly why Rolex made these matte 5513s for almost two decades.

Glossy Dials (With White Gold Surrounds)

Finally, in the mid-’80s, Rolex transitioned to glossy dials featuring lume plots with white gold surrounds around the lume plots. It’s the first hint that the diver’s fake Rolex watches wholesale was pivoting from tool to luxury. The excess of the ’80s had arrived in full force, and not even the reliable old Submariner could resist it. Even the lume plots have gone from a functional feature to a statement.

“This dial combo represents our first glimpse of luxury for the longstanding tool watch,” says the private collector from whom I borrowed the glossy 5513 you see photographed here. He points out that the dial and white gold surrounds really shine in bright sunlight and then revert back to its more muted DNA as a tool watch in lower light. This example comes from the very last year of 5513 production and you can see that the tritium lume remains a bright white; earlier examples can show some creamy aging, a cool juxtaposition against the modern, glossy dial.

I’d often thought these more modern glossy dials were a bit too luxurious – in the worst sense of that word – but especially combined with the same old 5513 case, I’ve grown to tolerate the look of this last generation of 5513s. The last vestiges of its tool-watch origins are hanging on like George Clooney to his last few black hairs. Still there and always handsome, but soon enough, the first five-digit models would make the Sub mostly modern.

I might prefer a matte dial, but there’s a modern appeal to these late glossy dials, not to mention they offer some value. They might not feel quite like a “true” vintage watch yet, whatever that means, but soon enough, they will.

The Oyster Bracelet

A Rolex Submariner, old or new, is typically delivered on an Oyster bracelet – it’s so familiar it feels like part of the replica Rolex watches shop. We don’t often discuss the wearability and differences of these vintage Oyster bracelets, so let’s take a closer at the range of bracelet types you can find on the 5513. In general, there are three generations of bracelets for Subs:

Early ’60s: Rivet (7206, 6636, C&I made-in-USA bracelets, among other domestic-market bracelets)
Late ’60s–’70s: Folded link (9315)
1980s: Solid link (93150)

Renowned Swiss bracelet maker Gay Freres was the primary supplier of bracelets, which Rolex would go on to wholly acquire in 1998. To reduce duties on its Rolex replica watches site imported in certain markets, Rolex also commissioned domestic suppliers in the U.S., U.K. (W.A.B.), Mexico, and elsewhere. The most notable is the U.S. manufacturer C&I (Cromwell International), easily identified by the C&I logo on the clasp.

The first-gen rivet bracelets refer to the visible rivets on the outer edge that hold together the hollow, folded links and typically came in stretch or non-stretch variants. For those more familiar with modern Rolex bracelets, it can be shocking how light and downright flimsy these vintage bracelets feel. But a lot of people – including me – love the feel. They taper nicely to a no-nonsense clasp (no FlipLock, no GlideLock, no problem!) and practically melt on the wrist.

“Collectors with smaller wrists often prefer rivet bracelets because they’re so much lighter,” Dunne said. While Submariners are large by vintage Rolex standards, these thin, almost weightless bracelets balance out that heft. Early “Big Logo” rivet bracelets that also came on other big-time Rolex references and were named after the large logo stamped on the clasp command a premium.

Bracelet codes are stamped inside the clasp. In these early years, a batch and production year were also stamped on the clasp. In the ’70s, Rolex began using a system where a letter represented the year, and the number represented the month. You can find a number of these code tables on the Internet, but look at this one from Bob’s Watches, for example, and you can tell that a bracelet stamped “G6” dates to June 1982.

By the ’70s, Rolex moved to folded-link bracelets (9315 with 280 end links for the Submariner), which have a bit more heft. For the 5513, it’s the Goldilocks bracelet – not too old, not too new. They still sit super slim on the wrist but just a bit sturdier than those rattly rivets.

In the ’80s, Rolex started making solid-link bracelets (93150 with 580 end links for the Submariner). By now, Rolex has firmly entered its beefcake era, and these feel, more or les, like modern bracelets. You’ll find them on matte and glossy dials.

We can debate which bracelet feels best on wrist, and I certainly have. As mentioned, the folded link has a Goldilocks appeal for me, though there’s also a practicality to wearing your vintage tool watch on a sturdy solid-link bracelet (FlipLock and all). There’s a bit less vintage appeal, and it’ll feel chunkier on the wrist, but you also won’t sweat while walking through every single door jamb. For me, a matte 5513 on a solid link bracelet strikes that balance between vintage charm and wearability that makes vintage Rolex appealing. That’s more about wearability than collectability, but of any vintage Swiss made Rolex fake watches, it feels like we should wear our vintage Subs.

By the way, that’s one of the reasons it can be so fun to search for vintage Submariners – they vary so much in condition because people just wore their damn watches.

Beyond personal preferences for a particular type of Oyster bracelet, it’s important to find a bracelet that matches your watch. For example, if you’re wearing an early gilt dial, that should pair with a rivet bracelet. For me, it just looks weird and put together on a solid-link bracelet – save those later bracelets for late matte or glossy dials. And if you’re a dealer, offer your Sub stock on a correct bracelet!

The Vintage Submariner Case

I wanted to talk more about the Submariner case, but this has already gone longer than expected, so I’ll leave you with just a couple of thoughts:

First, while it’s important to look for a 5513 case that still has its original lines and edges, these Oyster cases are chunky, built to last, and can stand a sympathetic polish or two. More than a Daytona or Explorer, for example. Obviously, sharper cases deserve a premium, but a polish or two doesn’t need to be an automatic pass.

Second, a lot of the magic is in the lug bevels. There are other details to look for, too – e.g., the crown guards and knurling on the bezel ring – but a lot of the beauty of a Sub’s case is in the bevels. Look at even a few vintage Submariner cases, and you’ll see how much they can vary. Some of this is polishing, but some of it’s just how they were made. The original bevels are big and fat on early examples but tend to get thinner in later years. Much of the trick is finding a case that seems to “make sense” with the rest of the best quality Rolex replica watches. A crispy case with a dial that looks like it’s been through a couple of tours? No thanks.

Beyond that, we’ll save a deeper dive into Rolex Oyster case condition another day.

The Submariner Market And Collecting The 5513

“It’s a really good time to be a person who wants to own a vintage Sub,” Dunne said. Everyone I talked to agreed. The vintage Rolex market has been down for a few years, but thinking that the vintage Submariner market is going to completely collapse would be like betting against Microsoft. The Submariner is the ultimate blue chip in watch collecting.

The data seems to agree, too. The Subdial/Bloomberg Watch Index says the average price of a 5513 is down 11.8 percent over the past 12 months, with trade volume down 29 percent.

As we’ve been discussing, there’s a ton of variation in this one reference, so one average doesn’t capture the whole picture. EveryWatch did an analysis for this article and found that, over the past 3 years, dial types impacted the average sale price as follows:

Underline (gilt): +$35,600
Matte dial: +$1,400
Glossy (WGS) dial: -$1,200

In other words, a matte dial sold for an average of $1,400 more than the overall 5513 average. Given that a matte 5513 is basically an “average” 5513 – it had the longest production run of the three dial types – this seems to make some sense. This spread, which doesn’t even get to the special Explorer dials and MilSubs, begins to illustrate how you could spend a lifetime collecting vintage Subs or just the 5513 and never get bored.

However, the vintage Rolex market has been slower over the past few years. The general consensus is that “it’s not 2018” anymore when every big-time collector felt they needed an early gilt Sub. And that’s just fine. Rolex made the 5513 for almost 30 years, and people have been buying them for the last 30 years. It’ll still be the quintessential diver in another 30 years.

Beyond the numbers, The Swiss online replica Rolex Submariner 5513 watches is a great first watch, fifth watch, or last watch. No matter what the “market” thinks of the 5513, it has a certain everyman appeal that can’t be quantified as the simple, non-chronometer Submariner that Rolex made across three decades.

And now, I’m gonna go flip on The Godfather II.