Rolex Submariner No-Date, Gilt 'Serpico Y Laino'. Ref: 5513 (1965)

Product Description
Impossibly rare Rolex Submariner, reference 5513 with an untouched gilt dial stamped 'Serpico Y Laino'.
Decades before Rolex became the global behemoth that it is today, and long before it developed a reputation of being somewhat closed-off, insular and private, the brand was known to 'partner' with reputable retailers such as Tiffany, Asprey, Cartier (yes, there are watches that are stamped both Cartier and Rolex) and independent Venezuelan retailer Serpico Y Laino.
After a productive (and ultimately lucrative) meeting between Vicente Laíno and Rolex founder Hans Wildorf, the collaboration between Rolex and Serpico Y Laino was born.
What followed was a very fruitful period of production and sales, with Serpico Y Laino adding other Patek Philippe (among others) to their collaborative endeavours.
The story of Serpico Y Laino came to an unfortunate and abrupt end in 1966 following civil unrest and rising violence in Venezuala, but not before its place in horology history had been assured.
This particular example dates to 1965, and features a tritium gilt dial with 'Serpico Y Laino' stamped in white text under 'Submariner'. The watch has aged with much character, with the hands, hour-markers and text all showing signs of patination and age.
The case itself is in great condition considering its age and provenance, and the case back features the engraving S&L Acero. The calibre 1530 movement is in excellent working condition. The inside caseback is stamped III.64, reflecting a date of 3rd quarter in 1964.
Both the serial number and reference number are clearly legible.
This is not only a great watch, but is a significant piece of Rolex history.
The scarcity of this model is reflected in just how few examples there have ever been available.
Please review the images as they form part of the description.
This watch is in working order however, due to its age, it may not fall under typical tolerances for time-keeping. It may also not be suitable for use in water. No warranty is provided on its timekeeping or water resistance.
This watch is guaranteed authentic. All our watches, as ever, are covered by a 14-day money-back guarantee, so buy in confidence.

Technical Specifications
Make: Rolex
Model: Submariner
Ref: 5513
Serial: 11####33
Metal: Stainless Steel
Dial: Black Dial
Papers: No
Box: No

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