About Rolex Submariner Watches
First launched in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was the first divers’ watch to make it to a depth of 100 meters. The model set a standard for dive watches, and the Submariner remains popular and well-respected today. While functional in the water, one of the most appealing aspects of the Submariner is its capacity to be worn anywhere.
The original model featured a large display window and a matte black dial with luminous hands designed for visibility. It passed rigorous tests before its release, with a report issued by Cannes-based Deep Sea Research detecting no moisture within the watch and no corrosion.
The Rolex Submariner earned its fame, in part, due to a series of stunts performed by Auguste Piccard (a Swiss inventor and explorer) and his son Jacques. They attempted a series of diving records, all with a Rolex watch strapped to the outside of their submarine. The dive was partially meant to demonstrate the capacity of Rolex’s now famous Oyster case. In 1960, the Piccards made it to a depth of 10,916 meters. And so did the Rolex.
Rolex worked with divers to continuously develop and improve the dive watch. In the 1960s, the company worked on improving its water resistance, helping to create the helium valve. It was also fitted with crown guards. The luminated markers were quickly considered signature Submariner elements, currently symbolizing the contemporary model.
When James Bond first came to the screen in 1962, there was no better way to display his flair and confidence than with a Rolex Submariner. He continued to wear the piece throughout the later films, helping to make it one of the most recognizable timepieces in the world. While the model was always popular with divers, it gained widespread popularity because of the Bond films.
In the 1970s, Rolex began updating their watches with new features, including sapphire crystals, a date feature on the previously date-less Submariner, and an increased depth rating of 200m. In 2012, Rolex updated the Submariner with a ceramic Cerachrom-bezel as well as an Oysterlock bracelet with a Glidelock system designed to fit over a wetsuit. The model’s COSC certified 3130 movement is well-known and highly precise.
Despite subtle changes, the model has remained largely unchanged since its inception. Rolex rarely adds robust technical changes to its classic watches, adding only subtle material changes. For example, the watch currently features a unidirectional bezel with engraved 60-minute graduation, allowing divers to remain safe and confident while underwater. It can descend to a depth of 300m,
Today, the most valuable and sought after models are the earliest. Those produced between 1954 to 1960 are particularly in-demand, as well as those made until 1966 with the lacquered “glit” dials.
The Rolex Submariner has been worn by legendary figures such as James Bond, Jacques Cousteau, Thor Heyerdahl, and even the British Royal Navy. This proves the watch’s ability to impress both technically and aesthetically, and it is now a symbol of the sophistication and robust functionality. The model is attractive to divers due to its sheer capacity; however, it is also an attractive option for land-based elegance. It can impress anywhere.