We are back today with another assortment of vintage watches in the HODINKEE Shop. We have some nice time-only options that are both dressy and practical, as well as a couple of beautiful Rolex examples, one in steel, the other all gold. There’s even an ultra-thin Audemars Piguet dress watch to round out this week’s selection.
1982 Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 With “Maxi” Dial
Rolex released the Submariner ref. 5513 in 1962, and it was in production until 1989. It is one of the longest references to be continuously produced in the history of the Crown. The Submariner started as a no-date watch, and Rolex today continues to offer that as an option. There is something about the clean and clear dial that many collectors appreciate. Whether it’s the symmetry or the simplicity, no-date Submariners occupy the centerpiece position in countless watch collections worldwide. The example we have here is from 1982 and features a “Maxi” dial with larger lume plots. A little detail like this can make a big difference for watch enthusiasts, and this example is in outstanding condition with one of the most attractive dial and hand combinations we’ve ever seen.
1976 Audemars Piguet Ref. 5418BA Automatic Dress Watch In 18k White Gold
This super-slim Audemars Piguet dress watch was originally sold in Asia in 1976. The 18k white-gold case and silver dial with white hour markers give this watch a very sleek and simple look. While it may look straightforward from the outside, the ultra-thin caliber 2121 inside was the result of some serious research and development. First released in 1967, the caliber 2121 stands just 3.05mm tall. It set the record for the thinnest, full-rotor automatic movement ever built when it was introduced 53 years ago.
1985 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date ‘Buick’ Ref. 15038 With Full Set
Here’s something you won’t come across every day. It’s a Rolex with a factory engraving of the Buick car company’s tri-shield emblem on the caseback. These were given out by General Motors as an award for Buick employees with an outstanding job performance. A Rolex watch with a custom caseback engraving done by Rolex itself in Switzerland is extremely rare, which is why many collectors gravitate toward models like this watch. In addition to the engraving, this example comes as a complete full set, with its original paperwork, box, hang tags, and even the Buick-branded pamphlet.
The Full Set
In addition to the three highlights above, we have a beautiful Omega military-style ref. 2383-7 from 1950, a 1960s IWC in 18k yellow gold with the classic manually wound caliber 401, and a fun LeCoultre Master Mariner ref. 1200. Head over to the HODINKEE Shop for a closer look!