The Rolex Submariner is 60 years old and is like a myth built for exploring the underwater depths. But now it is back on a success story.
The origins of Submariner-the diving watch
After the examination of other planets, the invasion of the moon, the heavens, and the ocean study has always been the dream of a man. Discovering the unknown, producing new performances transcended the nature by pushing further its capabilities. These are probably the arguments for justifying humanity quest for the absolute.
Each of these exploits that you may have noticed include the man who wore these watches on their wrist as a faithful instrument. These prove to be very helpful. Along with their benefits and uses, they look great on your wrist.
In the capture of the seabed, it is probably the Rolex Submariner which most reference. A destiny crossed with other exceptional watches for the deepest areas, such as watches Deep Sea.
The Submariner is one of Rolex watches that have become most popular watches in the world. It is probably the one that has changed the most over the years, and after 60 years of reign, the brand is not ready to leave its place.
In 1870, Jules Verne captivated a wide audience with the adventures of science-fiction submarine 20,000 leagues under the sea, throwing the spirits that any other environment, another world evolved in the ocean depths. The exploration of this medium will spread the century with submarine missions, and in the late ‘40s, with the emergence of the diver; the man could move freely underwater and discover the wonders submarine which finally offered to him. With these first dives, the problem of time spent underwater and decompression time, so the mastery of time in general was asked.
For Rolex, the underwater adventure began first with the creation of the first waterproof watch in 1926: the Rolex Perpetual, with a box fitted with an ingenious patented bezel, bottom and crown screwed crown, and the Oyster bracelet. The resistance of the watch was tested and proven especially during a successful operation: the Channel crossing to swim by Mercedes.
In 1953, Rolex launched the Submariner watch , the first waterproof watch strap up to 100 meters deep, with a solid stainless steel bracelet and a sturdy reinforced sealing the case. With its luminescent hands and markers, the diver gets a perfect readability even in the dark depths underwater. It’s graduated bezel holding the stopwatch function and allows the diver to precisely calculate dive time, its levels of safety and supply of oxygen.
In the early 50s and in the context of the development of the Submariner watches, Rolex worked with a Swiss scientist Auguste Piccard, who is the inventor of bathyscaphe Trieste and is submersible at great depths has developed an experimental show, the Deep Sea Special.
Development of this watch this watch enable Rolex explore up to 3000 m underwater, with the famous Deep Sea Special attached to the famous submarine, and most importantly, the perfect recover condition and on time! Performance never equaled, summarized by Jacques Piccard “watch as accurate to 11 000 m depth to the surface.”
During the 50’s, these are exploration properties that gave Rolex grist to bring significant technical improvements also its Submariner.
The Submariner with a brief look on its evolution
The first reference unveiled in 1953 is the 6204 model , with a bidirectional bezel with a right hand hours a seconds hand with a luminous circle at the end of the needle, with the inscription “Submariner” in gold on Dial. This model, water resistant to 600 feet will be produced until 1956.
In 1955 two developments of the Rolex Submariner appeared. The first reference is generally produced without registration Submariner and shows the caliber A260 series of Rolex. With the 6200 reference and caliber A296, the bottom is thicker and the maximum depth that can be reached is 660 feet. Its winding crown is now 6 mm in diameter. This model was produced until 1957.
In 1956, the caliber 1030 arrives at heart of 6536 and 6538 models. The latter is more accurate and the end of 1958, there are certified chronometers with inscription on the dial 6538.
In 1958 appear watches Rolex Submariner 5510 and 5508. The first is a modified version of the 6538, produced until 62. The 5508 has the same case as the 6536, which it is changing. These models are sometimes given the name of James Bond Rolex, as the 6204 model, the 6205 even though it would seem that the ‘real’ James Bond watch worn by Sean Connery is the 6538 model.
In 1965, the Submariner appeared with a novelty. It is the date when it was released with cyclops lens and two possible sizes that are 1570 and 1575. This is the model that will be produced over the longest period and remains very popular among collectors. Two years later, the “little” sister of the Submariner, the Sea Dweller 1665 also stamped “Submariner” was born.
In 1982 a new model appears to be more evolved Submariner called transition: Rolex Submariner 16800 is now equipped with a sapphire crystal. It is equipped with safety glasses and displays resistance to 300 meters. Its variant gold and steel is the reference 16803 produced in 1983 and the 18K yellow gold, the 16,808 produced in 1979.
In 1986, the modern Submariner 16610 was a great success and the 5513 is replaced by 14060. The other versions of the 16610 steel are gold and steel and 18K gold 16618. In the series of 16613 gold and steel appears blue dial, superb!
2003 celebrates fifty years of shows already legendary, and to mark the occasion, Rolex unveils anniversary shows the green bezel.
In 2010, Rolex released the Submariner 116610 LN watch with a case and a newly expanded 3135 movement.
In 2012 was unveiled at Baselworld, a model that was not expected but met a great success: the new Rolex Submariner 114060, 3130 movement.
Besides these well-known collectors as a larger but still warned public model, many exceptional models were listed as authentic Rolex Submariner watches, but very few products for very specific occasions and limited number. We can include special COMEX Submariner, Royal Navy, the Submariner watch “Tropical” Red Submariner 5513 with Arabic numerals called “3–6-9″ Submariner “Tiffany and Co”, the “Double Red” and many more.
“If there were to be a Rolex, it would be the Submariner” is the motto of many of these enthusiasts who boast both the merits of its appearance, its technical performance, its history and legend that it embodies.
Adjectives fail to qualify at the strengths of the Submariner: pretty, sturdy, strong, reliable, timeless, and practical. Tastes differ thereafter as the material used for the case and bracelet, with date or no date, rather vintage or modern.
Driven by Sean Connery in James Bond or Steve McQueen in The Hunter (among others!), The Submariner has an incredible aura that these celebrities themselves legends, helped forge. For 60 years now, the Submariner has been proven in years through brilliantly despite numerous transformations.
Today, the Submariner is a summary of what is best in the field of watchmaking. Its Oyster case, directly inspired by the first housing Oyster 1926, the same one that was created as the first sealed box, has a remarkable architecture with optimal size, winding crown and screwed back. Constructed from a 904 stainless steel block L of high quality, robust case has an integrated crown guard. His crown precisely is patented by Rolex Triplock and has three gaskets and screws directly onto the middle. The graduated bezel that allows divers to dive safely is also operational at night thanks to its luminescent capsule. The bezel disk Cerachrom compound is very hard, scratch-resistant and corrosion-resistant ceramic.
All these technical features of modern and efficient Submariner are often crack enthusiasts. Others prefer an older watch, with its own history in addition to the model, a rare timepiece, which is no longer produced, for example, with a beautiful patina and always the highest quality and held in the exceptional time.
Still others will focus less performance dive watch for the simple reason that they wear it to town on a nice suit or a casual outfit, for the beautiful suits every outfit for every occasion! Especially now available to holders Rolex solutions to optimize and customize their look to everyday situations.
With summer comes, we leave such easily convinced by a Nato strap or bracelet colorful Rubber B .
So successful in the world of luxury, watchmaking is often rewarded, unfortunately, to a lot of setbacks; the most troublesome is the problem of counterfeiting. Although Rolex watches were “often imitated, never equaled” these false models that bloom each day hurt to watch, but also to those, who, however well-intentioned, are being cheated.
Historically, crowned mark fights against this scam, but it is in the response of each to restore the situation, so be vigilant and do not hesitate to call a professional to advise you, however if you also want to dive into adventure!
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