Researched and Written by KKC 17th December 2021
Updated 25th December 2021 (in Red)
This is an ambitious project and it may never be complete but its a start. Please feel free to add or comment by sending an email. Serial numbers will be in chronological order, provenance and pictures will be added where available.
With the prospects of finding fresh to the market Rolex Military Submariners diminishing serverly the new trend for dealers seems to be to buy Non Full Spec Military Submariners for their parts and put together a Full Spec.
If done correctly and with full disclosure, then I see nothing wrong with this practise. I would rather have one perfect Full Spec than 2 Non Full Spec.
The 1st million dollar Rolex Military Submariner is on the horizon or maybe even nearer.
The project will be continuously update as more information is received or discovered. Updates will be printed in red.
Ref 5513 Serial 2669290 Issue 401/71 Code 0552.
Ref 5513 Serial 2895233. Fax from Rolex Geneva dated 16th April confirming the serial number matches the reference number 5513 and manufactured in 1972.
Ref 5513 Serial 2927165 Issue 335/75 Code 0552 with civilian insert. Letter from Mr Henry Hudson of Rolex confirming this watch was supplied to the Chronometer Section of the Hydrographical Department, Ministry of Defence, Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex on the 20th of November 1975 and was onwardly destined for H.M.Dockyard Portsmouth. Auction 11th June 2008 Bonhams Lot 265 Sold £67k.
Ref 5513 Serial 2940787 (inside case back 3826399) Issue 1975 Code 0552 with civilian insert. Auction 17th March 2013 Antiquorum Lot 484 Sold 24k CHF. Previously Sotheby’s Geneva 13th Nov 2011 lot 90.
Ref 5513 Serial 2940803 Hudson conformation letter and service papers. Mercedes hands. Auction 14th May 2014 Sothebys Lot 244 Unsold.
Ref 5513 Serial 2940826 Code 0552 (3 digits inside case back) mercedes hands. Manufactured in 1970 and letter from Mr Henry Hudson of Rolex confirming this watch was supplied to the British Navy in 1972. Auction 10th June 2009 Bonhams Lot 138 Sold £41k.
Ref 5513 Serial 2940830 Code 0552 with civilian insert. Auction 14th May 2016 Sothebys Lot 113 Sold 41k CHF.
Ref 5513 Serial 2940835 (last 3 digit inside case back) Issue 785-72 (unusual case back engravings) Code 0552 with civilian insert. Auction 12th May 2019 Phillips Lot 160 Sold 137k CHF.
Ref 5513 Serial 3231357 with mercedes hands and 5517 Maxi dial. Hudson letter confirms the watch was supplied to Royal Bexley UK 1st December 1974. Auction 14th June 2012 Sothebys Lot 151 Sold $56k. More information to be updated.
Ref 5513 Serial 3764678 Issue Royal Navy 1974 Code 0552 with after market hands. Auction 10th Nov 2013 Antiquorum Lot 575 Unsold.
Ref 5513 Serial 3764697. Civilian insert. Auction The Ravenborg Collection Christies dated 30th Sept 1997 Lot 7 Sold £2200.00
Ref 5513 Serial 3764702 Issue 168/74 Code 0552. Auction 2nd Dec 2010 Christies Lot 3590 Sold 716k HKD. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3764733 Issue 152/74 Code 0552. Full Spec
Ref 5513 Serial 3764757 Issue 82/74 Code 0552. Auction 12th May 2018 Phillips Lot 117 Sold 175K CHF. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 serial 3764764 Issue 162/74. Hudson letter dated 3rd August that this watch was supplied to the Royal navy in 1975.
Ref 5513 Serial 3764765 Issue 94/74 Code 0552. Auction 12th May 2014 Christies Lot 174 Sold 173K CHF. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3764774 Issue 107/74 Code 0552. Auction 16th Nov 2009 Christies Lot 146 Sold 44K SF. And re-offered at Auction 9th Jun 2016 Antiquorum Lot 461 Sold 1.1m HKD. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3764824 Issue 59/74 Code 0552. Auction 11th May 2013 Sothebys Lot 387 Sold 52k CHF. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3764831 Issue 801/77 Code W10. Hudson letter confirming delivery to Central Ordnance depot Donnington UK 1977. Special batch of 30 watches all with 5517 dials). Auction 27th May 2019 Phillips Lot 879 Sold 1.5m HKD. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3764845 Issue 88/74 Code 0552. Civilian insert.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826391 with civilian insert, case back polished and fitted with bracelet. Auction 14th Dec 2016 Bonhams Lot 136 Unsold.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826398 Case back polished. Auction 9th May 2021 Phillips Lot 80 Sold 201k CHF.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826401 Issue 280/75 Code 0552. Hudson letter confirming delivery to Royal Navy 1975. Cilivian insert and civilian mercedes hand. Auction 10th June 2010 Antiquorum Lot 63 Sold $23K.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826402 Issued to Iranian Army. Accompanied by a service letter from Rolex confirming that serial number 3826402 was supplied to the Iranian Army in May 1975. Auction 6th Dec 2011 Sothebys Lot 209 Sold $77k Lot 209. Full Spec.
When former SBS (Special Boat Services) officers of the British Royal Navy travelled to Iran to train the Shah's elite soldiers, some of the Iranian soldiers wanted the exact same equipment used by the British. Consequently, a small number of Iranian Ref. 5513s were ordered from Rolex as part of a larger order of Submariners for the British military. The outside case backs were marked with the military broad arrow sign, MOD issue number and unit number. As well as being marked with the serial number 3826402 between the lugs, the inside case back of the presently is marked with the same serial number.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826403 Issue 269/75. Hudson letter dtaed 16th July confirms that this watch was delivered to the Royal Navy on May 1975.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826403 Issue 269/75 Code 0552. Letter from Mr Henry Hudson of Rolex, confirming this actual watch was supplied to Rolex Bexley destined for the Royal Navy in May of 1975. Auction 11th June 2008 Bonhams Lot 259 Sold £56k. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826404. Hudson letter dated 19th October 2006 confirms that this watch was one of a quantity supplied to HM’s Dockyard Devonport on 11th March 1976.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826418 Stolen from Mr Arki Busson 21st Aug 2007. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826420 issued 1972. Civilian seconds hand, and with Rolex service papers dated 4th October 2006. Auction 11th June 2009 Antiquorum Lot 384 Sold $60K.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826463 186/74 (3764813 inside case back) Code 0552. Civilian insert. Auction 8th October 2020 Sothebys Lot 375 Sold £56k.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826481 Issue 448/76 Code 0552. Bezel missing and with mercedes hands. Auction 10th June 2015 Bonhams Lot 40Sold £22k.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826485 Issue 239/75 Code 0552. Auction 28th May 2014 Christies Lot 2671 Sold 1.12m HKD. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826499 Issue 223/74 Code 0552. Auction 11th June 2014 Christies Lot 86 Sold $113K. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826526 Issue 444/76 Code 0552 (inside case back numbers do not match 3826414). . Auction 10th May 2009 Sothebys Lot 72 Sold 25k CHF.
Ref 5513 Serial 3826526 Issue 444/76 Code 0552 (inside case back numbers do not match 3826414). Auction 14th Nov 2011 Christies Lot 206 Sold 44K CHF.
Rolex's records show that watch with serial 3826526 was supplied to Her Majesty's Dockyard Rosyth, UK in 1976 and originally had case back number 626/76.
The case back of the present watch is number 444/76 and was originally fitted to watch number 3826414 which itself was supplied to H.M. Dockyard, Portsmouth in 1976. It seems likely, therefore, that the two case backs were accidentally swapped when serviced by the Ministry of Defence.
Previously offered at Auction 10th May 2009 Sothebys Lot 72 Sold 25k CHF. Has been upgraded with military hands replacing civilian mercedes hands.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926133 Issue 552/76 Code 0552. Auction 14th Nov 2016 Christies Lot 109 Sold 163k CHF. Full Spec.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3926764 Issue 657/77 C0de 0552. Hudson letter confirming delivery to the Royal Navy 1975.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3926766 Issue 679/77 Code 0552. Missing bezel and insert. 11th Dec 2019 Lot 1086 Sold $262k. Latest information is that an original military insert was found and now it looks spectacular. Congratulations to the Sothebys client. Full Spec.
Double Ref 5513/7 Serial 3926768 Issue 688/77 Code 0552. Bracelet fitted, civilian insert and engraved Wiseman on case back. Auction 14th Dec 2016 Bonhams Sold £47k lot 52. Re-offered with original military insert and military sword hands at Auction 10th Dec 2019 Phillips Lot 28 Sold $219k. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926775. Hudson letter dated 30th Jan 2008 was supplied to HM's Dockyards Devonport on Sept 1977.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926790 (Serial 3926837 inside case back, issue 699/77). Civilian insert.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926798 Issue 721/77. Hudson letter confirms that this watch was supplied to HM Rosyth Fife 10th March 1977.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926801 discovered with issue 02/75 but Hudson letter dated 21st Dec 2005 confirms that the Issue should be 655/77 and not 02/75 and was supplied to HM's Dockyard Devonport in March 1977. Dial and hands modified and not original as were the case back engravings. Rolex refused to service the watch.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926819 Issue 680/77 Code 0552. Civilian insert. Auction 3rd Dec 2008 Christies Lot 3239 Sold HKD 500k HKD.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3926836 Issue 666/77 Code 0552. With Rolex UK Bexley Office original letter dated 8 May 2008 signed by H.N. Hudson confirming that the present watch was supplied to H.M. Dockyard Devonport in June 1977. Serial numbers repeated. 19th Mar 2015 Lot 33 Sold $173k.
Re-offered at Auction 29th Oct 2020 Christies Lot 155 Sold $400K. Full Spec.
Double Ref 5513/5517 Serial 3926848 Issue 695/77 Code 0552 with Hudson Letter confirming delivery to Royal Navy Devonport 1975. Ref 5517 Maxi dial. Auction 11th Dec 2021 Phillips Lot 81 sold $352k Full Spec.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3926857 Issue 978/79 Code W10 to British Army 1975. Full Spec.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3926860 Issue 926/79. Civilian dial, insert and mercedes hands. Auction 12th Nov 2013Sothebys Lot 257 Sold 37k CHF.Ref 5513 Serial 3926875 to British Army 1979.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926875. Hudson letter dated 17th July 2007 confirm delivery to British Army on May 1979 and Rolex service on Feb 2007.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926881 Issue 640/77 Code 0552. Civilian insert and mercedes hands. Auction 18th Mar 2017 Antiquorum Unsold lot 52.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3926895 Issue 948/79 with Ref 5517 Maxi dial. Hudson Letter confirms delivery to Army at Donnington on 8th October 1979.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3926898. Military engravings polished off and bracelet added. Serial numbers repeated inside case back. Auction15th Dec 2021 Lot 42 Sold £55k.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3926902. Mercedes hands. Suspect engravings. Auction 14th Nov 2009 Antiquorum Lot 268 Sold 26k CHF.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3926908. Ref 5517 Maxi dial, case back military engravings polished off. Auction 8th Nov 2021 Christies Lot 32 Sold 212k CHF.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3926911 Issue 988/79 Code W10. Auction 12th May 2008 Lot 24 Sold 133k CHF. The Royal Navy's Special Boat Service (SBS) is the lesser-known sister unit of the British Army's Special Air Service (SAS) regiment. Based in Poole, Dorset, the SBS is a special forces unit specializing in operations at sea, along coastlines and on river networks. Full Spec.
Double Ref 5513/5517 Serial 3926916. Polished military engravings off case back. Auction 8th Nov 2020 Antiquorum Lot 139 Sold 137.5k CHF.
Double Ref 5513/5517 Serial 3926923 Issue 941/79 Code W10. Watch is recorded by Rolex as being delivered to the Central Ordanance depot in Donnington, England for onward delivery to the Army Air Corp. The inside case back on this watch is repeated with the serial number. Auction 28th Nov 2016 Phillips Lot 807 Sold 1.625m HKD. Full Spec.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3926937 Issue 970/79 Code W10. Civilian insert, previously fixed bars (now made to push through), stamped 5517 still visible on the back of the lug, inside case back stamped 3296937, 5513, I.72. This watch has been confirmed by Mr Henry Hudson of Rolex that it was sold to the Army Air Corp Donnington on the 14th May 1979. Auction 2nd Dec 2009 Bonhams Lot 96 Sold £38.4k.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3926940 Issue 823/78 Code 0552. Ref 5517 Maxi dial perfect condition. Auction 11th Nov 2014 Sothebys Lot 337 Sold 87k CHF. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926944 Issue 411/75 Code 0552. Auction 29th Nov 2007 Christies Lot 2893 Sold 584k HKD. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926971 Issue 421/75 Code 0552. Ref 5517 dial. Auction 30th May 2011 Christies Lot 2260 Sold 560k HKD. Re-offered Auction 16th May 2016 Christies Lot 100 Sold 119k CHF. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926989 Issue 395/75 Code 0552. Hudson letter dated 15th Dec confirming that this watch was delivered to HM’s Dockyard in June 1975. Rolex service papers dated 3rd Feb 2006. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926992 Issue 425/75 Code 0552. 10th May 2015 Lot 212 Sold 118K CHF. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926998 Issue 504/76 Code 0552. Omega hands removed and correct miltary hands installed. Auction 5th Dec 2018 Phillips Lot 28 Sold 175k USD . Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926999. Civilian insert. Fax from Rolex Geneva dated 30th Sept 2002 confirms watch was manufactured in 1975 for the British Army.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927000 (case back 5339798) Issue 402/75 Code 0552. Civilian insert. Hudson of Rolex confirms in a letter that the serial number 3927000 found on the case of this particular watch was supplied to H.M Dockyard Rossythe in 1976 and should have the military number 603/76 on the case back. The letter also confirms that the serial number 5339798 found on the inside case back of this watch relates to a military watch that Rolex supplied again to H.M Dockyard Rossythe in 1978, but this should have the military markings on the case back 826/78. 17th Dec 2008 Unsold lot 301.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927000 Issue 603/76 Code 0552. Civilian insert. Accompanied by a Army Diver's Log Book, 4 black and white photos of diving activities. Service guarantee from Rolex UK dated January 25th 2010 along with correspondence confirming the delivery of this watch to the British Ministry of Defense in 1975. Auction 15th Sept 2010 Antiquorum Lot 306 Sold $46k.
Initially Unsold 17th Dec 2008 with an incorrect case back and re-offered 15th Sept 2010 with correct case back markings and added divers log books.
Ref 5513 Serial 392702. Civilian hands and insert. Ref 5517 dial. Accompaniments: Letter of authenticity from HN Hudson, copy of service receipt. Auction 3rd June 2021 Bonhams Lot 101 Sold £38k.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927016 Issue 539/76 Code 0552. Civilian insert. Auction 11th May 2013 Sothebys Lot 383. Sold 50k CHF.
Double Ref 3927030 Issue 282/75 Code 0552.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927061 Issue 538/76 Code 0552. Ref 5517 dial. Auction 27th Nov 2013 Christies Lot 2587 Sold 1.24m HKD. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927064. Hudson letter confirms delivery to HM's Dockyards Devonport on 11th March 1976.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927078 Issue 611/76 Code 0552. With Rolex International Service Guarantee dated 23rd May 2008, Rolex service estimate dated 7th April 2008, as well as a Rolex cover letter and service invoice dated 23rd May 2008 and Rolex Submariner literature. Furthermore delivered with original fitted green presentation box and outer packaging, as well as a letter from Rolex UK dated 31st March 2008 stating that company records show the watch with the military markings 05529237697 611/76 was one of a quantity supplied to Her Majesty's Dockyard Rosyth in March of 1976. Auction 14th May 2012 Christies Lot 133 Sold 65K CHF. Full Spec.
25th May 2007 ref 5513 Serial 3927087 Issue 562/76 to HM Dockyards Chatham March 1976.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927087 Issue 562/76. Hudson letter cofirms this watch relates to one of a quantity supplied to HM's Dockyard Chatham on March 1976. Auction 31st May 2007 Christies Lot 2693 Sold 660k HKD. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927093. Fax from Rolex Geneva dated 1st July 2003 confirms that this watch was manufactured in 1975 and delivered to the British Army.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927103 Issue 454/96 Code 0552. Auction 11th May 2015 Christies Lot 273 Sold 137k CHF. Full Spec.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3927110 Issue 584/76 Code 0552.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 3927115 Issue 610/76 Code 0552. Mercedes hand. Serial numbers inside case back 3826392. Auction 11th May 2009 Christies Lot 125 Sold 37k CHF.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927120 Issue 162/74. Hudson letter dated 3rd Aug 2006 confirms this watch was supplied to the Royal navy in March 1976 to RN Dockyards Portsmouth.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927172. Civilian insert and mercedes hands. Auction 25th Apr 2017 Sothebys Lot 120 Sold £22k.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927174 Issue 345/75.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927175 (inside case back numbers not matching), fixed bars later converted to allow addition of bracelet. Missing bezel and insert. Auction 25th April 2017 Sothebys Lot 122 Sold £52k.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927200 Issue 316/75 Code 0552. Fixed lugs taken out. Auction 22nd June 2016 Bonhams Lot 72 Unsold.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927201 Issue 370/74 Code 0552. Omega seconds hand.Delivered to RN 1975. Auction 13th Nov 2016 Antiquorum Lot 18 Unsold.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927205 Issue 373/75. Hudson letter confirming delivery date, also letter from original owner confirming military provenance. Rolex Service papers datet 31st January 2004. Full Spec.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serail 3927220. Military engravings on case back were polished off. Hudson letter dated 17th July 2001 confirms delivery to British Army Oct 1975.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927239 Issue 296/75 Code 0552. Bracelet fitted. Letter from Mr Hudson of Rolex, confirming this watch was supplied to HM Dockyard Portsmouth in June of 1975. Auction 10th June 2009 Bonhams Lot 114 Sold £43k.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927240 (blurred engravings) Issue 526/76 Code 0052. Civilian insert. Auction Sept 2009 Antiquorum Lot 352 Sold $48k.
Ref 5513 Serial 3764764 Issue 162/74. Hudson letter dated 3rd August that this watch was supplied to the Royal navy in 1975.
Ref 5513 Serial 3964826 Issue 96/74. Ref 5517 Maxi dial. Auction 13th May 2018 Antiquorum Lot 561 Unsold. and re-offered 11th November 2018 and remained Unsold.
Serial numbers unavalable (information being researched)
Ref 5513 issued 1975 Code 0552. Auction 17th Apr 2008 Antiquorum Lot 175 Sold $166k. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Hudson letter confirms watch issued June 1975. Civilian insert. Auction 11th Dec 2008 Antiquorum Lot 325 Unsold.
Ref 5513 Issue 429/72 Code 0552. Auction 24th Oct 2004 Antiquorum Lot 196 Sold 21k CHF.
Ref 5513 Serial 382xxxx. Auction 13th Dec 2017 Bonhams Lot 140 Sold £112k. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 3926xx Isssue 419/75 Code 0552. Auction 19th June 2019 Bonhams Sold Lot 69 £138k. Full Spec.
Ref 5513 Serial 382xxxx Issue 596/76 Code 0552. With bracelet and mercedes hands. Auction 2nd June 2016 Bonhams Lot 396 Sold $53k.
Ref 5513 Serial 392xxx Issue 323/75 Code 0552. Civilian insert. Auction 10th June 2015 Bonhams Lot 50 Sold £68k.
Ref 5513 Serial 382xxxx. Steel bracelet fitted bracelet and civilian insert. Auction 21st June 2017 Bonhams Lot 129 Sold £31k.
Ref 5513 Serial 3764xxx Issue 176/74 Code 0552. Civilian seconds hand. Auction 13th June 2012 Bonhams Lot 142 Sold £36k.
Ref 5513 Code 0552. Fixed bars loose. Auction 9th June 2010 Bonhams Lot 186 Sold £38k.
Ref 5513 Code 0552. Civilian insert. This watch is confirmed by Mr. Henry Hudson of Rolex and was issued to H M Dockyard Devonport on the 13th March 1976. Auction 9th June 2010 Bonhams Lot 149 Sold £35k.
Ref 5513 Civilian insert. Auction 13th Nov 2011 Sothebys Lot 90 Sold 27k CHF.
Ref 5513 civilian insert and bracelet fitted. Auction 14th July 2011 Sothebys Lot 13 Sold £22k.
Ref 5513 Issue 815-72 Code 0552. Mercedes hands. Auction 17th Dec 2003 Christies Lot 201 Sold £4700.00
Ref 5513 Mercedes hands and civilian insert. Auction 21st June 2000 Christies Lot 513 Sold £9k.
Ref 5513 Issue 130/74 Code 0552. Steel bracelet fitted. Auction 8th Dec 2015 Christies Lot 62 Sold 68k.
Double Ref 5513/17 Issue 7xx/77. This watch has been confirmed by Mr Henry Hudson of Rolex that it was delivered to the COD Donnington (Army Air Corp) in November 1977. Auction 8th June 2011 Bonhams Lot 184 Sold £39k.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927xxx Issue 605/76 Code 0552. Hudson letter dated 18th Feb 2004 and Rolex Service dated 29th April 2004.
Ref 5513 Issue 253/75.
Ref 5513 Serial 392x057 Code 0552.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927xxx Issue 573/76 Code 0552. Civilian hands.
Double Ref 5513/17 Serial 392xxx. Polished case back and civilian insert. Auction 12th Dec 2018 Bonhams Lot 90 Sold £72k.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927xxx Issue 5xx/76 Code 0552. Hudson letter and Rolex Service Papers.
Ref Serial 39xx007 Issue 5xx/76 Code 0552.
Ref 5513 Serial 3927xxx Issue 290/75 Code 0552. Civilian hands.
Double Ref 5513/17 Code 0552. Ref 5513 dial. Rolex UK Bexley Office original letter dated 21st September 2006 signed by H.N. Hudson confirming that the present watch was supplied to Her Majesty's Dockyard, Devonport on 21 September 1977. Rolex London Service Centre service invoice and Rolex International service guarantee both dated 26th October 2006. Auction 28th Sept 2021 Lot 11 Sold HDK 1.8m.
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