The Rolex Submariner is arguably the most recognised wristwatch and the latest ref is a timepiece that is pretty hard to beat! To celebrate such an iconic watch, we thought we would take a look at the history of the watch and its variations.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is an extremely robust watch and its functional design quickly became iconic. The newest model has a subtly redesigned Oyster case, but still is firmly in line with the original model launched in 1953.
The dateless Rolex Submariner ref.114060 still has a 40mm case, but with a new bezel and a new bracelet. This model has a solid-link oyster bracelet in 904L steel. It features a new-generation Oysterlock safety clasp and glidelock extension system. The patented system allows small adjustments of the bracelet without using any tools. This enables the watch to be worn over a diving suit very comfortably.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is the quintessential divers’ watch and certainly has an interesting history. It was introduced in 1953 during the pioneering era for scuba diving. At the time Rolex director Rene P. Jeanneret, was also an amateur diver and encouraged the company to develop a sports watch for underwater adventurers.
The first Rolex Submariner ref: 6204 was introduced to the public in 1954 at the Basel Watch Fair, and has since been considered as a classic among wristwatches. The Submariner was the first watch to be water‑resistant down to 100 metres (330 feet). Subsequent advances increased the waterproof level to 300 metres (1,000 feet).
We have talked before about Rolex and James Bond, but it the Submariner did become extremely popular after it was featured in several bond movies. This includes many famous underwater scenes! In The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) Roger Moore wore a ref.5513 Rolex Submariner. Who wouldn’t want to look like Bond with a stunning watch?
It was during this hype in the 1970s that Rolex also made the Submariner into a more colourful timepiece. We loved the black face of the ref: 114060, which was rather similar to the first Submariner’s. However overtime they became available in yellow gold and bright blue faces. It was in 2004 that Rolex launched its popular green faces (referenced as LV ‘lunette verde’) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of this classic timepiece.
We currently have a Rolex 116610LV 2018 Submariner for sale in our watch shop in Burlington Arcade, Mayfair. This is a pre-owned and completely unworn Rolex Submariner watch aka 'the Hulk.' This particular Rolex watch which replaced the 16610LV anniversary Submariner watch is very sought after. . Just perfect!