My dad's dad (Grandpa Silver) had a Rolex 5513 Military. He cherished it so much it became a "safe queen" which was eventually sold after his passing. My dad tried to track it down but gave up as prices soared for these rare pieces. I inherited my dad's love of the 5513 but could never find an homage to my liking. My father and I tried almost all the affordable homages available throughout the years but there was always something not quite right (too big, too long, wrong hands, wrong font, phantom date wheel, etc.).
"As close to the real thing as possible..."
These words became our mission...so, we made our ARCHETYPE ONE series to be an exacting tribute to the great and elusive Rolex 5513/5517 Military and the lesser known Tudor milsub but with the highest grade modern materials.
We sweated over the shape and curves of the case. We rendered and rendered until we could see the resemblances we were pining for. Then we poured over every millimeter of the engineering schematics until we finally had prototypes we wanted - a 5513/5517 military tribute watch like none else out there.
Even though our 5513/5517 military homage will be our first watch release, we were able to team up with the premier manufacturer of the most highly regarded micro brand watches around - Manchester Watch Works.
By the way, we named our watch company after my grandfather and our logo is the alchemist's symbol for the element silver.
Pictured above is a side by side of a genuine 5513 civilian model (right) and our Archetype One Serif (left). Pic courtesy of @the_fourthwheel