The Rolex Submariner is one of the brand's most iconic watches. A true timeless classic, this watch is perfect for anyone looking for a sporty and stylish watch that can withstand extreme conditions.

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Discover the iconic Rolex Submariner watch

Dive into the world of luxury watches and discover the iconic Rolex Submariner. This legendary watch has captured the hearts of watch enthusiasts, professionals and even the famous James Bond. With a rich history and innovative features, it's no wonder the Submariner has become a timeless classic. In this post, you will not only learn more about its fascinating evolution, but also discover the key features that make it a reliable and functional timepiece, as well as the various material and color variations available. Ready to embark on this horological adventure? Let's dive in!

Brief summary

  • The Rolex Submariner is known for its groundbreaking design, reliable durability and features such as a waterproof Oyster case and luminous display.

  • It offers an extensive variety of materials and colors, including stainless steel models, gold options and two-tone combinations.

  • Certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute as a Superlative Chronometer for precision, performance and reliability.

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The Rolex Submariner: Essential for divers

The Rolex Submariner is a highly coveted diving watch, known for its groundbreaking design and utility. With a long history of evolution since its debut as the first Rolex diver's watches in 1953, the Submariner has truly made a name for itself as an iconic timepiece. The driving force behind the creation of the Submariner was the need for a reliable and durable diving watch, and Rolex has certainly lived up to this and set the ultimate standard for divers' wristwatches.

The Submariner has key features such as a waterproof oyster case, luminous display and graduated rotating bezel, making it a popular choice among the diving community. These features not only ensure the watch's functionality, but also contribute to its status as a symbol of luxury and prestige. No wonder it has been embraced by professionals in various fields, from athletes and explorers to the iconic James Bond character.

First divers' wristwatch

Before the emergence of the Submariner, it had Omega Marine the title of the first divers' wristwatch. This pioneering timepiece was introduced in 1932 and featured:

  • a sapphire glass

  • a double closet

  • waterproofness to a depth of 100 meters

  • a luminous display for easy readability in the dark

  • These features formed the basis for the famous submariner.

The impact of the Omega Marine cannot be understated, as it was a benchmark for later dive watches, laying the foundation for the debut of the Rolex Submariner two decades later.

Evolution of the Submariner

Over the years, the Submariner has undergone numerous updates and improvements while maintaining its iconic design. The first edition of the Submariner, released in 1953, had a water resistance of 100 meters, making it a popular choice among the diving community.

Key moments in the Submariner's evolution include:

  • The implementation of the crown guard in 1959

  • The introduction of the first Submariner with date display (Submariner Date) in 1966

  • Improving the water resistance of the watch to 300 meters

  • These milestones solidify the Submariner's status as the ultimate dive watch.

Today, highly sought-after vintage models, such as the first references 6200, 6204, 6205 and the "James Bond Submariner" 6538, represent the epitome of diving watches.

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Key features of the Rolex Submariner

Let's look at the main features of the Submariner that make it an indispensable tool for divers and a favorite timepiece for collectors. These primary features include:

  • Graduated rotating bezel

  • Luminous display with large hands and hour markers

  • Waterproof Oyster case

  • Self-winding perpetual movement

Each of these features contributes to the watch's unmatched performance and reliability, allowing it to withstand the challenges of diving as well as daily wear.

Waterproof Oyster case

The patented waterproof Oyster case, invented by Rolex in 1926, is the world's first waterproof wristwatch case. This hermetically constructed case guarantees water resistance from 100 meters to 300 meters, depending on the specific Submariner model.

Made of corrosion-resistant 904L stainless steel, the Oyster case provides robust protection for the watch against water, dust and other elements, making it an essential feature for a reliable diving watch.

Luminous display

The Rolex Submariner's luminous display, also known as Chromalight, is an advanced luminous material that improves visibility in poorly lit environments. Chromalight emits a long-lasting blue glow and makes the watch easily readable in low-light conditions, making it indispensable for divers.

Whether exploring the depths of the ocean or navigating through a dimly lit room, the Submariner's luminous display ensures that the time is always easily accessible, even in the dark.

Graduated rotating bezel

The Submariner's graduated rotating bezel has a crucial function for divers, as it allows them to accurately and safely track their dive time. The bezel is marked with a 60-minute scale and is made of scratch-resistant Cerachrom ceramic, ensuring durability and longevity. By rotating the bezel, divers can track their dive time, and the markings on the bezel help them accurately determine how long they have been underwater.

This feature not only helps divers stay safe by ensuring they do not exceed their dive time limit, but is also convenient and easy to use.

Material and color variations

The Rolex Submariner is available in a variety of materials and colors to suit different tastes and budgets. From the classic stainless steel models to the luxurious gold and two-tone options, the Submariner offers a diverse range for watch lovers.

The variety of materials available for the Submariner includes:

 

  • Oyster steel

  • Yellow gold

  • White gold

  • Everose

Combined with a selection of dial - and bezel shades such as the very popular Hulk, Kermit or Starbucks, this ensures that there is a Submariner for every style preference.

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Stainless steel Models

Stainless steel Submariner models, such as the ref 1680, 16610 and 124060, offer a classic and versatile look suitable for both casual and formal occasions. Equipped with a waterproof case, luminous display and graduated rotating bezel, these models offer the essential features that have made the Submariner a beloved timepiece among watch enthusiasts.

The timeless appeal and durability of stainless steel make it an excellent choice for those looking for a versatile and rugged Rolex Submariner.

Options for gold and bicolor

For those seeking a more luxurious and eye-catching appearance, gold and two-tone Submariner options offer a striking alternative to stainless steel. Solid gold versions, including the stunning 18k white gold option, exude opulence and sophistication. Two-tone options, a combination of steel and yellow gold, offer a unique and attractive look, with a choice of black or blue dials.

These luxury Submariner variations are perfect for those who want to make a statement with their timepiece and still enjoy the well-known functionality and reliability of the Rolex Submariner.

The Submariner in the professional world

In addition to its status as an exceptional diving watch, the Submariner has been embraced by professionals in a variety of fields. From athletes and explorers to the iconic James Bond, the watch's durability, precision and functionality have made it a trusted choice for those who demand the best from their timepieces.

Its timeless design and impressive features have cemented the Submariner's place as a symbol of success and achievement in the professional world.

Athletes and explorers

The durability, precision and functionality of the Rolex Submariner in extreme conditions have attracted the attention of famous athletes and explorers, such as Sir Edmund Hillary, Jacques Cousteau and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. These professionals have relied on the Submariner as a reliable instrument during their adventures, whether climbing the highest peaks, exploring the depths of the ocean or traversing the most challenging terrain.

The Submariner's ability to withstand the rigors of these demanding environments is a testament to its exceptional performance and quality.

Connection to James Bond

The Rolex Submariner's association with the iconic James Bond character has further cemented its status as a timeless and iconic watch. The watch was featured in numerous Bond films, starting with the 1962 film Dr. No, and has since become synonymous with the sophisticated and stylish image of the famous secret agent.

This connection adds an element of intrigue and allure to the Submariner, making it an even more desirable timepiece for collectors and enthusiasts, especially those who appreciate its long line of heritage.

Buying Guide: New and vintage Rolex Submariners

When purchasing a Rolex Submariner, buyers can choose from new and vintage options, each with its own unique appeal and price range. New Submariners offer the latest features and materials, ensuring top performance and an immaculate appearance.

Vintage models offer the opportunity to own a piece of history. Regardless of the option chosen, buyers can expect a reliable, high-quality timepiece that will stand the test of time.

New Rolex Submariners

New Rolex Submariners, such as the Submariner Ref. 124060, are equipped with the latest features, materials and technology, ensuring top performance and impeccable appearance. These models also come with a five-year warranty and are certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) as a Superlative Chronometer, guaranteeing their precision, performance and reliability.

For those looking for the best of the best, a new Rolex Submariner is the ultimate choice.

Vintage options

For people who want to own a piece of watch history, vintage Submariners are an excellent choice. These timepieces can also be purchased here at Timepieces Belgium with a wide range of models and prices to suit every taste and budget.

While vintage models may not have the same features or quality as new models, they still represent the timeless appeal and exceptional craftsmanship that Rolex is known for.

Superlative Chronometer Certification

The Rolex Submariner is certified as Superlative Chronometer, a testament to its precision, performance and reliability. This certification, awarded by the Swiss Official Testing Institute for Chronometers (COSC), guarantees that the Submariner meets the highest standards in the watchmaking industry.

For divers and watch enthusiasts, the Superlative Chronometer Certification serves as a seal of approval and assurance that the Rolex Submariner, a trusted choice in the industry, is a reliable timepiece.

Summary

In conclusion, the Rolex Submariner is a truly iconic timepiece that has captured the hearts of watch enthusiasts, professionals and even the legendary James Bond. Its rich history, innovative features and various material and color options make it a versatile and reliable watch well suited for both diving and everyday wear. With its Superlative Chronometer Certification, the Submariner guarantees its precision, performance and reliability, keeping it a timeless classic and a reliable choice for those who demand the best from their timepieces. Dive into the world of the Rolex Submariner and discover a watch that truly stands above the rest.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The classic design of the Rolex Submariner combined with its modern features and water resistance make it an excellent investment that will retain its value over time.

Demand for Rolex watches, especially the Submariner, is incredibly high while supply is relatively low, making it difficult to buy one.

This discrepancy between supply and demand has made these sought-after models very valuable as investment objects, and despite an annual supply of up to one million watches, demand continues to outstrip supply.

The average price of a Rolex watch is between €6,500.00 and €17,500.00 with most entry-level models at the lower end and popular models usually at the higher end.

Most models are available in different styles, materials and colors, providing a wide range of options for everyone. 

The Rolex Submariner can withstand depths of up to 300 meters (1,000 feet).

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