Up for grabs is a very rare Rolex Submariner, Ref. 5512, circa 1962. This particular early Submariner is fitted in a “pointed crown guards” or “PCG” case, which Rolex later changed to a more rounded-off and square crown guard shortly after. Further, the watch is fitted with a rare and early “chapter ring” and “exclamation point” gilt dial. Common belief is that the exclamation point was used by Rolex to signify their shift in using lower radium levels in their luminescent material.
The Rolex Submariner offered here is in great vintage condition. The case is thick and even, with original bevels prominent, and possibly unpolished (albeit worn). The dial is gorgeous – still incredibly glossy, with a mirror-like finish, and almost no wear, save for two small hairline marks only visible at an angle and under a loupe. The original radium lume is present in the dial, aged to a golden yellow color. The hands appear to be early service replacements, and glow when exposed to a UV light exactly in line with the dial. The original “fat font” and “long 5” bezel insert is in great condition, with minor wear, aged to a dark blue hue.
The watch comes fitted on a Rolex folded-link 9315/380 bracelet, with 10 full links (additional links can be added upon request) and moderate stretch; the clasp was changed to a newer flip-lock clasp during service with Rolex. Additionally, the watch comes with Rolex service papers from Canada from service in 1992, and a Rolex Skin Diver Handbook brochure.