In The Shop – Vintage Watches: A 1968 Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 Full Set, A 1969 Yema Yachtingraf Croisiere ‘Three Register’ Ref. 93012, And A 1960s Breitling Cosmonaute Gold-Plated Ref. 809 With 24-Hour Dial

By Brandon Frazin

After a brief hiatus, our vintage additions to the Shop return with a wide-ranging selection that ranges from sporty to dressy and everything in between.

1968 Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 Full Set

The Rolex Submariner has been the quintessential tool watch ever since it was introduced in 1953. One of the most recognized models, ref. 5513, has existed since the early 1960s, and has gone through many changes during its lifetime. Originally equipped with a glossy dial, Rolex switched the Submariner to a matte dial around 1966. The watch we are offering this week is from 1968 and features a matte dial with a “meters first” depth rating above six o’clock. What makes this example stand out is its great condition, and the added presence of its original box and papers. Additionally, the watch has retained its original rivet bracelet and crown.

1969 Yema Yachtingraf Croisiere ‘Three Register’ Ref. 93012

The defining characteristic of the Yachtingraf Croisiere is the big-eye regatta start counter at three o’clock. This register in red, white, and blue has a unique hand that nearly stretches across the whole sub-dial. This variation of the Yachtingraf has another seldom-seen characteristic: an hour register at six o’clock with a cross design that allows this register to measure up to 24 hours. These Yemas stand out as some of the most attractive yachting chronographs of the 1960s.

1960s Breitling Cosmonaute Gold-Plated Ref. 809 With 24-Hour Dial

Breitling introduced the Navitimer in approximately 1954, and the watch is still in production as one of the brand’s most well-known models. The Navitimer’s identifying characteristic is a slide-rule bezel that allows the operator to calculate speed, distance traveled, and fuel consumption, among other things. In 1962, Breitling introduced a watch called the Cosmonaute, which was a Navitimer with a 24-hour dial. This 24-hour dial variation was suggested to Breitling by the astronaut Malcom Scott Carpenter, who wore the watch into space aboard the 1962 Aurora 7 mission.

The Full Set

In addition to the above vintage highlights, we’ve added a number of other unique watches …read more      

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