Rolex Submariner 5508 James Bond

amazing gilt dial - beautiful patina

Some of the references of the Rolex Submariner definitely stand out. This includes the Rolex Submariner 5508 from 1959. The reference 5508 marks important points in the history of the Submariner. For example, the reference 5508 was the first Submariner to have the bezel with the individual minute markers for the first 15 minutes. A characteristic that remained unchanged in Submariners until today. Another interesting fact is that the Submariner 5508 was the first reference with the format 55xx, which was used until 1990. Furthermore, the Rolex Submariner 5508 is one of the last references that did not have crown guards. This Submariner 5508 is the "Small Crown" model with the small 6mm crown. The later models had a larger crown with guards. And last but not least, it has a high lifestyle value as this model was worn by the legendary James Bond.

An absolute highlight of this particular Rolex Submariner 5508 is its glossy dial with gilt writing. The glossy surface shows a wonderful, even patina. It's a real adventure to explore every single natural scar on this 60-year-old dial under the loupe. An absolute attraction for vintage lovers. The luminous material is radium and is fully present in the hour markers and hands.

The Oyster case is in great condition with little natural wear and looks very authentic. Between the lugs the serial and reference numbers are still readable. The rotating bezel is in top condition and has no significant scratches. The movement of this Submariner is the Rolex caliber 1530. It was the improved successor of the caliber 1030.

This Rolex Submariner has an original riveted stainless steel Oyster bracelet that is in very good condition. The reference number of the bracelet (7206) and the end links (58) are correct for the Submariner 5508. The bracelet is stamped 2nd quarter 1961.

The look of this Vintage Rolex Submariner is different from all modern Rolex Submariner models. This is one of the reasons why the 5508 is a such coveted Rolex model. Of course, this watch is also very popular because of its stylish, sporty look and the connection to James Bond.

The Rolex Submariner is the most iconic sport wristwatch in the world and we are very proud to offer you this early example in a great original condition.

Serial number: 489xxx

Int.Exe.: 2096091

Manufacturer: Rolex

Model: Submariner

Reference: 5508

Functions: central second - screw-down crown - rotating bezel - screwed-on caseback

Material: Stainless steel

Dial: black

Watch glass: plexiglass

Bracelet: stainless steel

Type of clasp: double deployant buckle

Diameter: 37mm

Caliber name: Rolex 1530

Movement type: automatic

Year of Manufacture: 1959

Overall condition: 8 - worn regularly - unpolished or light polished


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