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Rolex Submariner 5508 "James Bond" Tropical, 1962 Men's Vintage Watch

Rolex Submariner 5508 "James Bond" Tropical, 1962 Men's Vintage Watch

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Regular price $31,606.00
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An extremely rare Rolex Submariner reference 5508 aka "James Bond" with a stunning gilt tropical dial and "exclamation point" lume dot at 6 o'clock. The Rolex Submariner 5508 is an important reference in the history of the Rolex Submariner line, marking the move towards standardisation of the model.

Produced between the late 1950's and early 1960's, the Rolex reference 5508 introduced the 55XX reference format that persisted until the 1990's. It was also the first to use dials with only dial markers (compared to some earlier Submariner's that featured Explorer-style dials with 3, 6, and 9 indicators). Furthermore it was also the first to add 15 minute markers to the bezel. 

Our favourite feature (or lack thereof) is the clean lines of the case owing to the lack of crown guards that would become standard additions for later references. 


    • Case: Excellent condition for its age. Unpolished (at least in recent years which is incredibly rare for these pieces). Engraved with the previous owner's name;
    • Dial & Hands: Stunning original gilt dial with "exclamation point" at the 6 o'clock marker. Hands in good condition with intact lume;
    • Bezel & Insert: Fitted with a NOS "kissing 40" bezel. Original bezel (minus insert) is included also as is a spare 3rd party red triangle insert;  
    • Movement: Rolex calibre 1530 automatic movement recently cleaned and serviced in excellent condition
    • Strap: Currently fitted to a gorgeous leather strap. We can change this for another of your preference if required.

An excellent opportunity to own a piece of Rolex history with a beautifully aged example of the Rolex Submariner 5508 "James Bond"!

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Key Information

Rolex Submariner 5508 "James Bond" Tropical, 1962 Men's Vintage Watch

Technical Information

Key Information:

  • Brand: Rolex
  • Model: Submariner
  • Ref.: 5508
  • Year: 1962
  • SKU: 1428


  • Movement Calibre: 1530
  • Movement Type: Automatic
  • Case Size: 37mm

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