Rolex Submariner Watches


Since its debut in 1954, the Rolex Submariner has epitomized ruggedness and elegance. Renowned for its distinctive design and robust functionality, this watch has become a benchmark in the world of luxury timepieces.

Design and Features:

  • Case and Bracelet: The Submariner has traditionally featured a 40mm case, available exclusively on the iconic Oyster bracelet, ensuring durability and comfort. In 2021, the case size was increased to 41mm, maintaining its robust presence on the wrist.
  • Dial and Bezel: The classic steel model is paired with a sleek black dial, making it one of the most recognizable watches globally. Its unidirectional rotating bezel, equipped with minute markers for the first 15 minutes, is essential for divers. The anniversary editions, starting in 2004, feature a striking green bezel, adding a unique touch to its timeless design.
  • Two-Tone Models: In 1984, Rolex unveiled the first official two-tone Submariner (ref. 16803), combining stainless steel and gold, known as Rolesor. This was part of the Submariner ref. 1680x family, where the ref. 16800 is the steel model and the ref. 16808 is the full yellow gold version. The ref. 16613, introduced in 1988, continued this elegant blend of materials.
  • Yellow Gold Models: The yellow gold Submariner ref. 1680 was introduced in 1969, initially only with a black dial. In 1971, Rolex added a blue dial option, broadening the aesthetic appeal of this luxurious model.

Historical Milestones:

  • 1953: Rolex introduces the Submariner dive watch.
  • 1959: Case increases to 40mm and crown-guards are added.
  • 1967: Switch from gilt to matte dials.
  • 1969: Rolex introduces the Submariner Date; first gold Submariner (ref. 1680) with a black dial.
  • 1971: Introduction of the blue dial option for the gold Submariner (ref. 1680).
  • 1979: First sapphire crystal on a Submariner watch (ref. 16800).
  • 1984: Switch from matte to gloss dials with white gold markers; first two-tone Submariner (ref. 16803).
  • 1988: Big update: Enhanced with the improved 3135 caliber movement and a more secure bezel, setting new standards for reliability. Switched from 316L to 904L stainless steel for the Submariner (ref. 16610, 16613, 16618).
  • 2003: First Submariner with a green bezel (ref. 16610LV).
  • 2010: Cerachrom bezel and Super Case design introduced (ref. 116610, 116613, 116618, 116619).
  • 2020: Case increases to 41mm and lugs get redesigned. Updated to the new 3235 caliber movement, this model boasts enhanced precision and an extended power reserve, continuing the Submariner's legacy of innovation. (ref. 126610, 126613, 126618, 126619).

James Bond Connection:

The "James Bond" Models: Early Submariner models are often referred to as "James Bond" models because they were worn by Sean Connery in the first few James Bond films. These models, produced until 1958, gained iconic status through their on-screen appearances, solidifying the Submariner's association with sophistication and adventure.

Legacy and Recognition:

The Rolex Submariner's timeless design and pioneering features make it a coveted piece for watch enthusiasts and collectors. Its association with James Bond and its continuous evolution reflect a perfect blend of tradition and innovation. Owning a Submariner is not just about telling time; it's about being part of a rich heritage of excellence and sophistication. If one could only have one nice Swiss watch, the Submariner is easily a top 5 candidate for most collectors.


With its unmatched legacy, technical advancements, and iconic design, the Rolex Submariner remains a symbol of luxury and durability. Whether you're a diver exploring the depths or a connoisseur appreciating fine craftsmanship, the Submariner is a timeless addition to any collection.

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