2.0275 Rolex Submariner ref. 5513, 1968, BP Tanker Company

One of the most important and iconic watches in the world, the Submariner is recognisable even to those unfamiliar with watches in general. Manufactured from 1965 to 1988, the 5513 has gone through numerous subtly adjusted iterations, but the classic steel Oyster case, dial and indices remain largely unchanged. This particular watch was given as a ‘best navigating cadet’ award to a BP tanker sailor in 1968, making it truly one of a kind!


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Key Features

This Submariner is a very special piece, now a memento from its original owner, Ronald ‘R.G.A’ Lord. He was a sea cadet on the BP Tanker ship Signal (pictured in gallery) in 1964, and was awarded this as a prize for his aptitude in navigating in 1968. Our sources tell us that he was a particularly sharp navigator, and after being awarded went on to complete his cadetship and pass his Mates certificate (3M, the first on the way to Captain).

Beyond this unique characteristic, this Submariner has all the trappings of its watch kin. Watertight Oyster steel case, stainless steel bracelet with clasp, Rolex’s patented Perpetual motor. There is minimal wear overall, some scratches on the bezel, but otherwise this watch is in remarkable condition.

About Rolex

Rolex SA was founded in 1905 in London by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis, initially going by Wilsdorf & Davis, and has since become arguably the most recognisable luxury watch brand of all time. The Swiss watchmaking giant is credited with inventing a number of firsts for the industry, including the first hermetically sealed waterproof watch (the Oyster case) and the first self-winding mechanism (the Perpetual motor). Owning a Rolex has become a symbol of status, innumerable members of the elite ranging from the presidential to the Hollywood-famous have all been known to flaunt this iconic timepiece.

Servicing and Guarantee

This timepiece has been serviced with full disassembly in our Bristol workshop. There is a 12-month guarantee, subject to the usage and care guidelines.


Case and Strap

  • Original steel case.
  • Solid stainless steel.
  • Snap on case back.
  • Original steel crown.
  • Waterproof, 200 metres (50 metres tested).
  • Stainless steel Oyster bracelet.


  • Width w/o crown 40mm.
  • Width w/crown 43 mm.
  • Height 45 mm
  • Thickness 14 mm
  • N/A (integrated)

Dial and Hands

  • Original dark blue dial
  • Printed Rolex signature
  • Painted, lumed indices
  • Plexiglass crystal
  • ‘Mercedes’ hour hand, painted minute and second hands


  • Swiss-made movement
  • Rolex self-winding 1520 calibre

Testing results

  • Testing duration: 2 weeks cyclic test
  • Average timekeeping range: 5secs/day

Servicing and Guarantee

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