Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner was introduced in 1953 as a line of sports watches. Known for their water resistance, the Rolex Submariner is considered as one of the best dive watches.
History of Rolex Submariner
Rolex is the discover of dive watches, and its Submariner model is the most-imitated watch in the entire world. This Rolex Submariner model came into production in 1953 and was showcased at the Basel Watch Fair in 1954. It is a sports watch which is designed for diving and is notable for its resistance to water and corrosion and is considered "a classic among wristwatches" and most instantly recognizable watches of the last century. The Rolex Submariner is a part of Rolex Oyster Perpetual line.
Now it is a fact that Rolex is known to be an experimental company, and this is the reason you see many variations within each reference. And this explains a lot about what makes collecting Submariners so interesting and rewarding and it is no doubt one of the most successful Rolex models in history. The Rolex Submariner has aptly served its purpose as a Rolex diver watch and more than that, the reason for its popularity is its appearance in several James Bond movies, oh yes, that is where you have seen and heard about this Rolex Submariner. Its success is also chiefly due to its elegance as a timeless dress watch. It is just one of those watches which you would admire on your wrist, day in and day out, regardless of wanting to know the time of day.
As it has been mentioned earlier that Rolex discovered the dive watches, thus the Submariner is the first watch ever to be 100 meters (330 feet) waterproof and it was also equipped with a rotatable bezel for the divers so that they can read their time underwater, and this feature bought an instant success for the Rolex dive watches . It is still a confusion and an ongoing debate about which Submariner reference came first, the 6200 or the 6204, but with a different 369 Explorer dial and different movement, the 6200 surely is the odd one compared to the 6204/6205; still we cannot jump into any conclusion as there is no evidence from the Rolex HQ in Geneva.
Although the 6204 was officially made available to the people in 1954, but most of the Rolex collector’s and the fans desired for the 6200. It came in a thicker case and a larger 8mm crown so that the divers who wore thick gloves could easier handle it. And this particular brevet crown is the reason for the watch’s nickname as the Big Crown. And the Submariner models that were fitted with a Big Crown, are the 6200, 6538, A/6538 and 5510.
Now the Submariner posses some unique features and characteristics. The first one, of course, being waterproof 300 meters (1000 feet). Although the earlier models were thinner and resistant to 200 meters (660 feet). The second is, it comes with a triplock system waterproof crown, which features a triple gasket system, and it is identified by the three dots present on the crown. The Submariner Rolex also has a feature using which you can screw down tightly onto the case tube of the watch and against the Oyster case which will provide extra waterproof protection for underwater diving. The Submariner's case is built from a solid block of 904L stainless steel which is a corrosion-resistant alloy, or gold, and this gold in white or yellow are made in Rolex's own foundry. It has the quality of unidirectional bezel that allows a diver to memorize and follow the immersion time. Now as the movement of the bezel is in the direction of counterclockwise, the dive time can only become "shorter" in case of accidental bezel movement, preventing the danger of spending too much time underwater. It came with a removable hologram on the case back which was featured until 2007. The perpetual rotor in the self-winding wristwatch mechanism of the watch allows the watch to run continuously, as each slight movement of the wrist winds the movement of the watch. The energy which is generated in the mechanism is stored in the mainspring, allowing the watch to continue to function with no movement for several days. And each movement of the watch is a Swiss chronometer officially certified by the COSC.
The recent models of the Submariner No Date and Submariner Date (late 2008) features a distinctive imprint of "ROLEX ROLEX ROLEX" and has a serial number engraved on the "inner bezel" which is also known as the "Rehaut" (French) or "Flange" (English). It also contains a minuscule laser-etched Rolex Crown at the bottom of the crystal in line with 12 o'clock mark.
Let's take a quick view at some of the Submariner references:
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LV
The Rolex Submariner 116610LV Hulk is one of those special Rolexes that you rarely see in the wild. This has been fitted with a green ceramic bezel that gives the entire Rolex Submariner Hulk watch a much larger and thicker appearance, despite retaining the same 40 mm case and has a Rolex Submariner green dial with bold markers in 18K white gold which is finished in the same "Sunburst" style as that of the blue Submariner dial. And due to its bolder, re-designed case and all green color profile, this ref. has instantly earned the nickname of being the Rolex Hulk.
Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN
The Rolex Submariner 116610LN is a true modern classic and one step closer to perfection. The design of the watch is one that mixes professional along with the sports look. The black dial of this Rolex 116610LN is the distinctive face of a Rolex watch, it is characterized by hour markers fashioned from 18 ct gold which prevents it from tarnishing. Equipped with calibre 3135, this 116610LN Rolex watch in the Oyster bracelet is a perfect alchemy of form and function and is designed to be both robust and comfortable.
Rolex Submariner 114060
This Rolex Submariner 114060 is a tough timepiece to beat. This 114060 Rolex watch is also usually referred to as the Rolex Submariner No Date (as it is the only model that does not come with the date function) and is considered to be the base model in the collection. This Rolex 114060 comes with a slightly squarish design, with thicker and larger lugs which gives the watch a slightly more imposing appearance. The Rolex Submariner black watch is fitted with a ceramic bezel insert which is much more scratch resistant and provides a nice shine under certain lighting conditions. Filled with blue Chromalight, the markers of the dial are surrounded by an 18K white gold frame which provides greater legibility for the users who are wearing the watch for diving purposes.
Now with so many unique features and added technology, one cannot deny this brand plus it is just unbeatable. The Rolex Submariner has been evolving as one of the best dive watches since it was introduced, there has been a lot of exceptions and important details, for instance sometimes the depth ratings wherein red, it had a depth rate printed the meters first, then followed by feet first, some models had Rolex Explorer 369 type dials which where used for Military orders, then there were glossy dials with gilt, silver and white print and minute track, open track. So with such a versatile collection, you can opt for any Rolex watches to suit your style.
Timetable about Rolex
Rolex, since its inception in 1908, has brought various innovative technological revolution to the wristwatch industry and is still evolving. Rolex, which is popular as a mechanical watch also in Japan, has value, functional beauty and reliability supported by the high technical force of skilled technicians is not found in other brands.
904L stainless steel
Rolex does not offer any parts or movement to other companies. Only Movement Panelai is the brand that was supplying it.
The meaning of the crown mark which is a symbol of Rolex is said to be the hands of watchmakers.
Etymology of Rolex
Since the official opinion of Rolex is not announced, it can not still specify it