Found: A Super Rare Rolex Submariner With Explorer Dial, Being Auctioned In The U.K., From The Original Owner (Who Almost Had The Dial Replaced)
There’s no exaggerating how uncommon a full pack Explorer dial Sub is.
As revealed today by the Daily Mail , the proprietor purchased the watch – a reference 5513 – in 1963, and nearly had the dial replaced.
“The proprietor had a fortunate getaway after he got it overhauled 20 years prior when he requested the watchmaker to change the dial. Yet, the company couldn’t accomplish the work. He later discovered the maintenance would have thumped 95% off the value.”
“The beneficiary, who would not like to be named, has claimed the watch since 1963, when his better half got it for him for £69.10 – around £1,000 in the present cash – to commend the introduction of their first youngster. In 1963, the expense of a first class football season ticket was £8.50 and the normal expense of a house was £2,500.”
In what looks like a horological shocking tale, the proprietor really verged on demolishing the watch around 20 years prior. He took the watch in for a help and really mentioned the watchmaker put another, new dial on it to tidy it up. Fortunately for him (and whoever the fruitful bidder is), the watchmaker couldn’t do the work and the first dial stayed flawless. Just later did he discover that the slip-up might have cost him countless dollars.
The current proprietor of the watch, wearing it in the mid 1960s.
The sell off is being taken care of by Gardiner Houlgate , which sold another Explorer dial Submariner in May for £192,000 (roughly $234,355 at season of distributing); Christies Geneva additionally let one go on May 16, 201 6 at a sledge cost for 197,000 CHF (around $198,560 at season of distributing), so anticipate exceptionally solid interest in this one (to say the least). As of now, Gardiner has not set an authority gauge on the watch.
Note: The watch appeared at the top here, incidentally, is an alternate Explorer dial Sub, with the mysterious “underline” dial, offered by Antiquorum in 2014.