Date or no date – it’s always a conundrum and somewhat of a controversy as to which team you’re on. I’m partial to a high quality fake Rolex Submariner ref. 5513 since it was my first “proper” vintage watch so to speak. Of course, the other solid contender was the ref. 1680, but I ultimately went with the ref. 5513 because of the symmetrical dial configuration without the date window. To me, it has a purer aesthetic, closer to its predecessors, before it transitioned over to the design as we all know today.
There’s no doubt that Rolex Submariners copy have long reigned supreme in the vintage Rolex collecting world, and wearing one on my wrist everyday was a joy! I’ve given in to the fact that the greatness of a Submariner was not just a myth or hype, and I had to experience it myself firsthand to know it was true. It’s really an awesome watch for someone starting a Rolex sport model collection or even for seasoned collectors.
Today, we have my favorite Swiss luxury fake Rolex Submariner ref. 5513 from 1978 in our selection du jour. Not only is it a compelling example, but it also has a cool and desirable “pre-COMEX” dial configuration. It shares similarities with some of the ever-collectible COMEX Submariner Ref. 5514 dials, like the thicker and smudgier coronet style, as well as other subtle details that make this variation of the ref. 5513 special. These are the little characteristics collectors look for, and we go into a bit more depth in our listing.
I’m also into the fact that the bezel has faded to a nice graphite grey. Patina is, of course, an important part of any vintage watch, and this steel bracelet replica Rolex Submariner has a light custard color to its lume, which feels fresh and matches very well with the unexpected light grey suede strap we paired as an alternative to wearing it on a classic Oyster rivet bracelet.