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Rolex “5512 Gilt Exclamation” Submariner



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.  Further, this particular example was originally sold to a Sgt. Clarence L. Jersey, Jr., and included in the sale is an original Rolex Service sales receipt dating to 1964.

The Rolex Submariner offered here is in great vintage condition.  The case is thick and even, with original bevels prominent, and unpolished.  The dial is gorgeous – with no chips, scratches or major wear, and has an even tropical-style patina set in evenly across the dial.  The original radium lume is present in the dial and hands, aged to a golden yellow color.  The original “fat font” and “long 5” bezel insert is in great condition, with minor wear.

The watch comes fitted on its original Rolex C&I Rivet bracelet, dated to 1962, and has 10 full links and light stretch.

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