A sports watch line engineered for divers and constructed by Rolex, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is well established for its resistance to water and breakage. At the Basel Watch Fair in 1954, the first Submariner was presented to the public. Rolex submariners are regarded by one of the most well-known luxury brands in the world as a “classic among wristwatches.” Because of its enormous popularity, well-recognized watchmakers, and even some illegal counterfeit watches are horrendously marketed and available. The Rolex Submariner is in the Oyster Perpetual Line of Rolex.
History of Rolex Submariner
The Rolex Submariner model went into production in 1953 and was showcased at the Basel Watch Fair in 1954 in Switzerland. The assigned case reference number of this first Submariner was either 6205 or 6204. Because of their identical features, the modification of what came first between the two models is not clear. Neither of them has hands that are associated with the Submariner line that is the distinguishable “Mercedes” or “Cathedral” hands.
A small amount of ref. 6200 submarines were also produced by Rolex in 1954. This was the first Submariner to utilize Mercedes, a feature of all submariners that followed. Besides the 6204 and 6205 models, the 6200 had an oversized winding crown. Rolex has amended its Submariner line in a matter of years and generated the 6536 (small crown) and 6538 (outsized crown) designs.
In the early 1960s, the 5508 (small crown) and 5510 (large crown) models had been given way by these former models. Either the gilt (6200, 6204, 6205) or silver-gilt (6536, 6538) prints on glistening black dials are used for all the early submariners. For luminous indices, radium plaster has been used.
A dramatic improvement in looks was crafted by the next surge of submariners, the 5512 (chronometer edition) and 5513 (non-chronometer). In order to protect the winding/setting mechanism, the “shoulder” was added to the top-side of the case. Rolex ceased using the radium paint for the luminescent indexes in the early 1960s and moved to a more secure tritium-infused paint.
Rolex stopped the use of gilt/silver gilt dials on Submariner watches in 1965–66 and switched to white printing. Introducing the 1680 model in the late 1960s led to a last important change. Whereas many experts and special forces divers in the most challenging underwater communication used and keep going to use submariners, the watch also became a mass-market product at the turn of the 1960s.
Rolex Latest Models
The Submariner was modified over the next 40 years to provide enhanced waterproofing, fresh motions, and multiple slight adjustments in cosmetics.
Rolex Submariner-Date anniversary edition (16610 LV)
Rolex celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Submariners in 2003, launching the Rolex Submariner-Date (16610 LV) Anniversary Edition. The company was honored with distinguishing features such as the green bezel and the Maxi dial. its manufacturing concluded in 2010 with a different unique serial number released to the final watches.
Rolex Submariner-Date (116613)
At the 2008 Basel Show, an innovative Submariner Date, model 116613, predicated on the “supercase” used in GMT Master II, has been presented. The first Submariner-Date models offered were blue-facing yellow gold and a bezel and blue-face and bezel white gold. At the 2010 Basel show, the model stainless steel case model 116610 was presented.
Rolex Submariner (114060)
A revamped Submariner ref 114060 was presented at the 2012 BaselWorld watch show, replacing the 14060M with a new “Maxi case” with “Chromalight,” blue Parachrom hairspring, ceramic bezels, and an extensive system of “Glidelock”. Its case is 40 mm in diameter, 13 mm in thickness, and together with the bracelet, weighs 155 gram.
A new 41 mm watch case was launched by Rolex in 2020. The two new 41 mm models also come with two new movements, caliber 3230 for the no-model Date and caliber 3235 for date models, both are COSC certified.
Rolex and COMEX
Along with Rolex Sea-Dweller, Rolex Submariner was also chosen by the French diving company, COMEX, for their saturation divers in the late 1960s. The company COMEX has specially designed Rolex watches, which can be instantly recognized on the dial throughout the “COMEX” logo. As these watches have been produced in very limited numbers, in recent years the price of these watches has risen.
When COMEX collaborated with Rolex, its requirements for the perfect diver’s watch were set to another height when the company specially requested for the Rolex Submariner ref. 5513 with helium escapes valves which had only been seen in the Sea-Dweller before. COMEX’s custom-made watch was known as the 5514 Submariner ref. and has never been mass-produced by Rolex. Rolex and COMEX continued this joint venture until after 1997, when the company was sold.
In A Nutshell
Rolex is unquestionably the world’s most famous luxury watch brand. Nobody could have ever imagined how influential Rolex would become after its foundation. With the Rolex submariner appearing on James Bond movies, it is an overwhelming success for the company and for the movies themselves because they got to feature the great and efficient watch models of Rolex.