The Rolex Submariner replica watches made for the British Royal Navy hold a special place in the hearts of many collectors. Rolex Military Submariner watches have a rich, unique history, and since they were never released to the public, they have a real rarity factor and are one of the coolest and most valuable heritage pieces you can collect.
Here we’ll give you an up-close look at the fake Rolex Submariner 5513/0, the one version of the 1970s Royal Navy Rolex watches of which only 1200 were made. It’s hard to find, it’s in very high demand right now, and it’s one of the rarest examples. That’s because experts estimate that only a few hundred of these Submariners have remained in their original condition, and many of them have received replacement parts or have simply been destroyed over the years.
Affordable Rolex Military Submariner 5513/0
Why Choose The Rolex MilSub 5513/0
The Rolex “MilSub” Submariner is produced by Rolex and issued to divers by the British Ministry of Defense. These luxurious Rolex MilSub watches can be used by “clearance” divers who engage in shallow attack swimming, as well as by deep-sea minehunting divers. While many different Swiss Rolex Submariner watches were used by members of the Royal Navy, the military-issued ref.5513/0 is considered one of the rarest. The ref. 5513/0 was published in 1976.
- Released: 1976
- Reference Number: 5513/0
- Nickname: MilSub
- Production: +/- 1200 ever produced
- Case Size: 40mm
- Materials: Stainless steel
- Features: Bi-directional diver’s bezel, rare “sword” hands, modified large “T” above the depth rating, and a case with fixed bars between the lugs.
- Dial: Black w/ luminous hour markers
- Bezel: Black, bi-directional, aluminum insert
- Movement: Rolex Caliber 1520 (automatic)
- Water Resistance: 200 meters / 660 feet
- Strap/Bracelet: Pass-thru NATO-style strap
- Price: The price of a Military Submariner 5513/0 varies greatly. While this watch is incredibly rare, few of the watches left on the market have all of their original parts, so modifications and conditions will always affect the price.
A Brief History of the Royal Navy and Rolex
Military-issued replica Rolex Submariner watches – sometimes referred to as “Milsubs” – are military watches manufactured and sold by Rolex for the British Royal Army. Although Rolex is known for its history of making highly specialized, functional timepieces, from the Submariner to Explorer and the Milgauss, any Military complex, including the UK, wants its own dedicated products to meet its specific needs.
From 1957 to the 1970s, Rolex produced four different references, modified to meet the requirements of the British Army, including reference 5513/0.
In our research on the Military Submariner manual known as the “Diver’s Bible”, we found that the standard equipment for divers included a copy Rolex. In the letter, divers are reminded that all Swiss watches are inspected “before and after use” for potentially dangerous cracked glass. These Submariner watches are much-needed work tools and the daily wear and tear during training and deployment must be the reason why very few of these luxury watches survive and hit the market.
Because they’re so unique, few make it out of the Navy in their entirety, and collectors are willing to pay huge sums for this piece of Rolex and Military history.
The Best Fake Rolex Military Submariner Specifications
There are several ways to identify the unique Military Edition Submariner 5513, but one of the easiest to spot is a large modified “T” in the circle above the “200m/660ft” depth rating on the lower half of the dial. Like the other models, the “T” indicates the presence of tritium – a radioactive hydrogen isotope that glows in the dark. Its rarity, however, is its exaggerated size and circles that make it stand out more than just a tiny marker at 6 o’clock.
Another most striking detail of this watch is the striking hands. This style is unique among Rolex divers, known as “sword” hands, as their sword-like shape contrasts with the traditional iconic Mercedes hands used on Rolex’s legendary Submariner watches. The handshape comes from the specification of a Military dive watch, and the British Navy’s Omega Seamaster model also has sword-shaped hands. Also, due to its large surface area, the tritium luminescent material easily peels off the hands, making it more difficult to find well-preserved samples.
On the Military Submariner 5513/0, there is also a noteworthy point, which is the baffle plate with tiny markings embedded. It’s a special bezel made only for military-issued Submariner replica watches for men, so you won’t see it anywhere else. Looking closely at the 5513, the case looks typical, but upon closer inspection, you’ll see that the spring bar is not a spring bar, but a solid metal bar welded to the case lugs, which requires a thorough NATO webbing. Turning the watch over, the back also features a MOD-issued number along with a wide arrow triangle, which means the watch is the property of the British Ministry of Defence.
Depending on the delivery date, these case counts vary widely and must be compared with other counterfeit watches in the same delivery order to verify their authenticity. While there are many of these features to look for, there are also true outliers. For example, several watches are delivered in Mercedes hands, and some have a 15-minute bezel, so identifying the correct reference can be difficult and often requires an expert eye. In addition, the Rolex replica manufacturer has produced the Submariner 5517, a unique reference designed specifically for the British Ministry of Defence, and these cheap watches look almost identical to the Submariner 5513 version released by the Military.
How Do I Find The Military Submariner 5513?
Finding a fake Rolex Military Submariner 5513 is no easy task. It can take months of searching, and you may also need to decide if you’d like to use a different part, as many have been modified over the years. As a result, many of the existing Designer Watches no longer have all their original parts, and it is also common practice for MilSub watches to be “converted” to the normal Submariner 5513 model once they are no longer in service with the Navy, so the actual number of military-issued Rolex 5513 watches was much smaller than the number originally produced.
However, having a piece of history can be well worth the extra effort, and waiting for the right watch can pay big dividends. The Military Submariner 5513 is a very special watch that represents an era before the vintage Rolex dive watch became a status symbol and a luxury, rather than just being seen as the finest and most durable watch.