The 5513 is a strange watch in some ways… it never really “shouts” from the wrist, but instead it just gives the impression of being a solid, no-nonsense, “proper” watch. A watch that you’ll always be able to rely upon, for many it’s the quintessential Rolex.

This one is from 1978, and I bought it back in the summer. It’s actually close to perfect, really – definitely one of the nicest examples I’ve seen although there are many of this age that have a slightly darker patina; the dial’s perfect, though, and the case is lovely and thick. When I wear it I tend to forget I have a watch on at all, and I suspect that’s a sure sign that it’s the right watch for you!

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