The Rolex Submariner 116613LN: Submariner meets Rolesor
The Rolex Submariner is perhaps one of the most prominent and well-known watch series par excellence. One can therefore write extensive and very detailed about the history of the Submariner
or the influence in pop culture
, but you do not always have to. So we will take here the fast lane. The hard facts are as following: Launched in 1954 at Baselworld, the Submariner was designed to maintain the perfect balance of function and everyday life. It was followed by changes in terms of the material, as well as various aesthetic updates. The model with the reference number 6200 introduced for the first time the “Mercedes-hand”, which should soon become standard. Rolex also offered models with a larger (Ref. 5510) or smaller crown (Ref. 5508). The series also received "shoulders" (first pyramidal with tips, from 1964 then rounded), which widened the case and offer a better protection for the crown.
So it went on over the next few decades, until 2003 Rolex celebrated the 50th anniversary of the series with an exclusive Rolex Submariner Date (Ref. 16610LV)
. However, the foundation to the 116613 (LN / LB) was set. In 2005, the GMT II came with the newly by Rolex developed supercase, which measures nominally 40 mm, but is extended in length, width and height. So the so called neck part is significantly more muscular and wider. In 2008, this, together with a Cerachrom bezel and Glidelock system, also migrated to the Submariner Date, forming the basis for the LN and LB
The reference 116613LN together with the LB is the attempt to combine the Submariner with Rolex’ 'Rolesor technique. Already in 1933, Rolex patented "Rolesor" to secure this special combination of stainless steel and gold. Thus, Rolex also opposed the trend, which sorted the materials that were used in a watch strictly according to their function: stainless steel was intended for diving and aviation watches, while dress watches were made of gold. In 1948 Rolex experimented with Rolesor for the first time, resulting in the Rolex Datejust with reference number 6075 and just moderate successes. In the 80s Rolesor then found its way to the Submariner Date (Ref. 16803), which was re-launched in 1988 under the reference number 16613 and thus became the predecessor of the 116613LN and LB.
3 reasons to buy a Submariner 116613LN
- Rolesor design makes the timepiece a real eye-catcher
- A used Submariner 116613 is already priced from € 10,000
- The Submariner, which can also be worn as a business watch
Luxurious and exclusive: The Rolex Submariner 116613LN
Rolex has never been stingy about material quality. For the case of the 116613LN Rolex therefore uses a special stainless steel mixture, which can only be finished with tools developed by Rolex. With a width of 40 mm, the 116613LN has a normal size, but gains an enormous presence due to the supercase. If you have problems wearing it, you can use the Glidelock system developed by Rolex, which allows you to extend the length of the bracelet from 2 to a maximum of 20 mm.
The 18-carat yellow gold incorporated in the bracelet, bezel, numerals and hands makes the LN look great on a business suit. Its real nature has not forgotten - and thanks to a screw-down-crown it is up to 300 m / 30 bar waterproof. The Rolex patented Chromalight illuminates the dial, the hands and the dial even in the dark, so you’ll never lose track of time.
The heart of the Submariner 116613LN is the caliber 3135, which was specially developed by Rolex. It drives an automatic movement with a 48h power reserve and works with a precision that is second to none. Unfortunately, the model comes with no display bottom, but excuses itself with a charming dial. This is dipped in a rich black and provided with a sunburst finish which makes the dial sparkle or darkens depending on the light conditions. You can admire this effect through an anti-reflective coated crystal.
Finally, all the other features a buyer expects from a modern Rolex are incorporated. The Cerachrom bezel, specially developed by Rolex, protects the black and engraving from scratches and fading. The Cyclops remains an aesthetic discussion of principles, but still makes it easier to read the date. A Rolex always costs its money, but the price-performance ratio is appropriate for the model. New you pay € 12,250, while you already get the Sub 116613LN used for € 9,900.
Discover further Rolex models
- Of course, you should look at other models in the family. If you're into vintage and have an instinct for hunting you can start looking for the parent model of the 116613LN and LB. Launched in 1969, this Submariner (Ref. 16618) is held completely in gold with a blue dial. This design has a direct influence on the sister model, the Rolex "Bluesy". For those who perceive the LN too classic and want something more extravagant, this model with its salient aquamarine dial is to recommend. For the 16618, you should expect € 18,500 while you can get the "Bluesy" already from about € 10,400.
- Who is in search of a divers watch but don't want to dispense on the deep blue dial, Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea 116660 model might be the right choice. It is waterproof up to 3.900m and a special model James Camron was wearing on its dive into the Mariana Trench. You can find this model used already from € 12,400 in our online shop.
- Who is exclusively on the hunt for the combination of yellow gold and a blue dial but the named above 16618 is not the right model can opt for Rolex Day-Date (Ref. 118238). With a slimmer case diameter of 36 mm it is the alternative for everybody who think the Superscase is too bulky on the wrist. The watch is available used starting at € 13,700.