Rolex Submariner 5512

The Rolex Submariner Ref 5512: A Watch That Shaped a Brand

Rolex Submariner 5512

Rolex is no stranger to creating timepieces that combine practicality, durability, and luxury. But when this Rolex Submariner watch launched in 1959, it set the stage for all future models. The steel dive watch is the product of innovation, and it holds a unique place in Rolex's history.

The Evolution of the Rolex Submariner Watch

The Ref 5512 is part of the larger Submariner line that continues today. Rolex began the Submariner collection in 1953 and did many years of refinement, launching several distinct references by the decade's end. Rolex watches for men shifted toward rugged design as the watchmaker began producing pieces for scuba divers and underwater explorers.

Many regard the Ref 5512 steel dive watch as one of the most important earlier models because it introduced many core features that shaped the Submariner line.

For example, the Submariner Ref 5512 was the first to have a larger 40-millimeter case from day one. While previous models had a 40-millimeter option, the Ref 5512 made it standard.

This watch also introduced crown guards. Rolex produced the Ref 5512 for roughly two decades, ceasing production around 1979. Throughout its life, the watch received many subtle improvements and variations. The most notable is the crown guard design.

Key Features of the Ref 5512

This steel dive watch has water resistance to depths of 200 meters. It was among the first in the line to have that depth capability, making it a considerable improvement over the 100-meter rating of previous models.

Other core features of Ref 5512 include:

  • Luminous indexes in various shapes
  • Black dial with gold accents
  • Bidirectional bezels in black aluminum
  • Acrylic crystal
  • Standard Oyster bracelet
  • Caliber 1530 movement
Key Features of the 5512

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