Exclusive: A Rolex Submariner Presented To The Successful Defender Of The 1964 America’s Cup
13 November, 2014 at 9:08 am in Employment
This week saw the beginning of the finals of the America's Cup, the world's premier yacht racing event. Each reigning champion holds the cup until a challenger steps forward, and in 1964, Daniel Putnam Brown, Jr. was on the team that successfully defended the America's Cup. Brown was presented with this awesome ref. 5513 Submariner by Rolex Milgauss Replica uk during the event. Today the watch is up for sale by Fourtané on 1stdibs.com and we have the exclusive story here.
While the provenance is the obvious star of the show, this particular Submariner would be interesting even without the story. This ref. 5513 has a gilt, underline dial, meaning all the printing on the dial is gold in color (instead of the silver that would come later) and there is a small underline below the "http://www.nalumar.com/breitling-bentley-replica-uk.html Oyster Perpetual" signature at 12 o'clock. It is thin, but you can just see it above the hands' anchor point.
Looking lower, you'll also find that this is "meters first," with the depth rating listed as 200m=660ft instead of the other way around. And, at the very bottom of the dial, you'll notice the "Swiss" signature below the hour marker, making this "Swiss-only." Add the case's pointed crown guards and what we have here is a Gilt Dial, Underline, Swiss-Only, Meters First 5513 with Pointed Crown Guards. It's a mouthful and almost a perfect storm for the 5513.
But here we also have the sailing provenance. In the 1964 America's Cup, held in Newport, Rhode Island, the defending Constellation raced the challenger, Sovereign. Constellation won in four straight races. cartier calibre replica uk gave the crew watches, including this Submariner; but according to Daniel Putnam Brown, Jr., the original owner of this watch, Rolex gave the team these watches before the final races, not as gifts after their win. A signed note from Mr. Brown is included with the watch, detailing the history of the event and a little bit about his life after the America's Cup. There are also team photographs, but, as Mr. Brown notes, these were taken before the watches were given and thus you will not find the watch in the shots.
The back of the Submariner is engraved "1964 America's Cup 'Constellation' D.P.B. Jr." which is still very legible on the caseback. The rivet bracelet is original to the watch as is the crystal - which is more than a little scratched up. Overall this is a really interesting Submariner that has a great story to go with it.
This watch goes on sale this afternoon on 1stdibs.com with a price of $55,000. You can find the official listing here.