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Rolex Submariner - the classic within the Rolex collection
The Submariner is one of the most iconic watches from Rolex and considered THE diver's watch par excellence. It is the perfect symbiosis of waterproof sports diving watch and elegant everyday watch. Thanks to the adjustable Glidelock clasp, it can be perfectly combined with both, a diving suit and business outfit. Since its introduction in 1953, the watch quickly became a classic outside of the diving world.
Current models still show the unmistakable features of the original model with the Ref. 6204. Improvements were deliberately made in detail, but the series always remained true to the original look. With the Rolex-typical Oyster case, large, luminescent indexes on a distinctive dial, and a one-way turning bezel, the luxury watch has worldwide recognition and is equally popular with collectors and enthusiasts.
The story of the Submariner
Rolex introduced the first diver's watch back in 1926, developing the way for subsequent developments. The sparkling idea for the Submariner came from a member of the Rolex board: René-Paul Jeanneret, for his part scuba diver, suggested to develop a watch that could be worn in everyday life, but at the same time withstand the intense strain of diving. Above all, the high pressure under water was a problem. A milestone had already been overcome: Rolex had developed in 1926 with the Oyster housing the world's first waterproof watch case. Bezel, caseback and winding crown are hermetically bolted to the middle section, forming a watertight unit.
The Submariner itself was presented to the public in 1954 at the watch fair in Basel and was waterproof up to 100m depth. In later years, Rolex extended these to 200 m for watches such as the Ref. 5517 and Ref. 1680 and later to 300 m for, for example, the current models 114060 and 116610LN, as well as their predecessors, the 14060 M and 16610. The first models lacked today's characteristic crown protection, which was introduced in 1959 and makes them today a popular collectible. In 1966, the first Submariner with date display was presented. Since then models without date have been given the nickname "No Date".
The Oyster housing, the epitome of water resitants under extreme conditions
Over the years, Rolex has repeatedly demonstrated the reliability of its Oyster case. In September 1953, the Oyster case was subject to an endurance test when Professor Auguste Piccard undertook the first manned dive with the Bathyscape FNRS-2. At 3.151 meters, the Bathyscaph dived in the Mediterranean, with a custom-made steel timepiece fitted with a Rolex luminous dial on the hull, which mastered the depth with ease. In January 1960, Rolex once again demonstrated the exceptional ruggedness of the Oyster case as Professor Piccard plunged in the Challenger Deep, into the deepest point of the world, in the Mariana Trench at stunning 10.910 meters. Once again attached to the outer hull was a Rolex watch developed especially for this mission, which, as expected, overcame the challenge with ease.
Famous Submariner wearers
It´s most famous appearance the Submariner had on the arm of Sean Connery in several James Bond films. In "Doctor No" 1963 Connery wore the ref. 6538, a model that also accompanies him in the following film "Greetings from Moscow". Also in "Goldfinger" Bond can be seen with the Ref. 6538, while in Pussy Galore he wears a GMT Master, Ref. 6542.
The Submariner is also popular with a number of other celebrities: Steve McQueen, Fidel Castro and Brad Pitt are just a few examples.
McQueen wore a Submariner 5512 - a "no date" with black dial, black bezel and classic Oyster bracelet.
That Castro possessed several Rolex models, is photographically proven. Particularly well-known are the photographs of Castro, on which he wears two Rolex watches on the left arm in the early 1960s, a Daydate and a Submariner. One of the most plausible theories is that he wore two watches at the same time, in case one of them stops working. At the same time countless conspiracy theories circulate. The real reason for that will probably remain a mystery. Also Brad Pitt owns several models of the swiss brand and was seen with different models for roles, photo shoots and film premieres.
The current collection at a glance
Rolex offers a wide range of Submariner models: The 114060 is a "No Date" made of stainless steel with a black dial without date display. Like the other models of the current collection, it is outfitted with the characteristic, luminescent stick indices. The Submariner 116610LN also comes in stainless steel with black bezel and black dial. It is equipped with date display. A small surprise was the 116610LV, which was presented as a special edition for the 50th anniversary of the Submariner. It is equipped with green bezel and green dial and is therefore also called "Hulk". The bi-color and all-gold variants of the Submariner offer a noble sight. The 116613LB impresses with its blue dial and matching blue bezel. The 116613LN comes with a black dial in a combination of stainless steel and 18k yellow gold.
The current Submariner collection includes 8 different models, which differ mainly by the materials used and the date display. As a result, a fairly large span is achieved in terms of price. Even with current models, it is therefore worthwhile to search for used Submariners. Rolex Submariner watches are the classic among Rolex watches and have therefore a constant increasing price development.
- The Rolex Submariner 114060 is the classic No Date model in the series. The bracelet and case are made of stainless steel, bezel and dial are in classic black. For a new Submariner 114060 you pay 6.800 €.
- The Rolex Submariner 116610 LN is the date version of the 114060. Case and Oyster bracelet are made of stainless steel, bezel and dial are black. Priced it is new at 7.750 €.
- The Rolex Submariner 116610 LV is affectionately called "Hulk" because of its green bezel and green dial. Bracelet and bezel are made of stainless steel, as a Submariner Date it comes with the date window at 3 o'clock. The new price is 8,200 €.
- The Rolex Submariner 116613 LB is a Rolesor model equipped with a stainless steel and yellow gold bracelet. Bezel and dial are comming in navy blue with golden highlights. At 3 o'clock you can see the classic cyclops date-loupe. Cost: 12.250 €.
- The Rolex Submariner 116613LN is also a Rolesor model as well whose bracelet is made from a combination of stainless steel and yellow gold. Bezel and dial are in elegant black. It is also equipped with date window at 3 o'clock. The new price is 12.250 €.
- The Rolex Submariner 116619LB has a white golden case and bracelet. Bezel and dial come in navy, at 3 o'clock there is a date magnifying glass. New it cost 33,600 €.
- The Rolex Submariner 116618LB features a yellow gold case and bracelet. The rotating bezel and dial are in navy blue, it is a Date model with date window at 3 o'clock. The new price is € 31,100.
- The Rolex Submariner 116618LN comes with bezel and black dial. Bracelet and case are made of yellow gold. The new price is 31.100 €.
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