The Rolex Submariner’s robust and functional design became iconic extremely quickly. With their subtly redesigned Oyster case, distinctive dial with large luminescent hour markers, the latest generation Submariner and Submariner Date are in keeping with the original model launched in 1953. We currently have a very competitively priced Rolex 116619 White Gold Submariner, with the beautiful blue dial available. Lovingly referred to as the 'Smurf' and rare to see, so why not add a piece of history to your collection?
The Rolex Divers Watch
The Oyster Perpetual Submariner is the quintessential divers’ watch which has an interesting history. Released in 1953 during the pioneering era for scuba diving, the Rolex director Rene P. Jeanneret during this time was also an amateur diver and encouraged the company to develop a sports watch for underwater adventurers. The Oyster case is an important part of the Submariner story, as it is clamped shut like an oyster shell. This design also meant it could survive under water due to two innovations: a screw-down back and bezel and a screw-down waterproof winding crown. The Oyster case was invented by Rolex in 1926, and was tested a year later when sportswoman Mercedes Gleitze, swam the English Channel successfully wearing a Rolex Oyster.
In 1965 a Rolex advertisement stated “We invented the Submariner to work perfectly 660 feet under the sea. It seems to work pretty well at any level.”
A watch good enough for James Bond
Rolex and James Bond have had an iconic relationship over the years, and the Submariner became particularly popular after it was featured in several bond movies. The famous underwater scenes were especially memorable for the Rolex Submariner. When Roger Moore first played Bond in Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974); he wore a 5513 Rolex Submariner. In Live and Let Die the Rolex 5513 Submariner was modified by Q to include both a buzz-saw bezel, which Bond uses to free himself and Solitaire.
During this Rolex Submariner hype in the1970s, Rolex also transformed it into a more colourful timepiece. The first Submariner's were designed in silver steel with black faces, however overtime they became available in yellow gold and bright blue faces. We especially love the bright blue face, which is perfect for summer. We also particularly like the bi-metal version and occasionally we have these very rare (no longer made) pieces in store. Check out this previously sold model and keep your eyes peeled on our website for more!
The Rolex Submariner ref.16613 has now been replaced by the 116613LB, but the original is still a valuable collector’s item. The dial on the Rolex 16613 changed colour slightly in different lights, however the new version is a strong, bold, solid colour.
As well as the beautifully bright blue Rolex 116619 white gold Submariner watch, we also have many other Rolex Submariner’s available now.