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Rolex Submariner History and Information

The Rolex Submariner is probably the most classic wrist watch in the world. Making its debut in 1953, it was the Swiss brand’s first waterproof sports watch that was specifically aimed at professional divers.

The early prototype Rolex Submariner (reference number 6204) was worn by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who was close friends with Rene-Paul Jeanerette, the Director of Rolex Geneva. It has been said that the adventures of Captain Cousteau inspired the development of the Submariner. However, Rolex started its dive watch production with Italian company Panerai, who - between 1873 and 1934 - were making military dive watches with Rolex movements for the Italian Navy.

Popular cinema in the 1960’s played a big part in boosting Rolex Submariner’s popularity, with Sean Connery as James Bond 007 wearing a 5513 with a “Nato strap”. Over the years, he was followed by Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton in wearing these classic Rolex timepieces.

The Submariner has gone through a series of redevelopments through the years, creating a rich picking for collectors from around the world. Between 1955 and 1989, a huge range of models were in production. These were the 6200, 6204, 6205, 6536, 6536/1, 6538, A/6538, 5508, 5510, 5512, 5513, 5514, 5517, 5513,17, 1680, 16800 and 168000. The commonly known classic 16610 was produced between 1989 and 2010.

In 2003, Rolex celebrated their 50th anniversary with the introduction of the 16610LV, with its green bezel insert. The company also launched the Submariner-Date anniversary edition (16610 LV), with features such as the green bezel and Maxi dial. However, this model was later retired in 2010.

Today, the Rolex Submariner 116610LN comes in a 40mm case - as opposed to the 37mm case of the 1953 model. The bezel of the new Submariners have a revolutionary scratch resistant Ceracrom ceramic insert, are waterproof to a 1000ft, and feature a blue luminescence feature on the dial. The oyster link bracelets have also evolved, with oysterlock folding safety clasps adding in terms of style and functionality. The Submariner is also available in steel and 18ct gold, with blue or black dial and bezel (116613LN, 116613LB), and in solid 18ct yellow gold (116618LB, 116618LN).

At BaselWorld in 2012, a fully updated Submariner (reference 114060) was introduced. It replaced the 14060M, with a better Maxi Case and Chroma light hour markers, a ceramic bezel, blue Parachrom hairspring and bracelet. The Glidelock system was also incorporated, making the watch easier to extend.

Today’s Versions

We have many variations of the Submariner available today from Global Watch Shop, some of which include.

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Global Watch Shop buy and sell a wide range of Rolex Submariners watches, all of which retain the original model’s pioneering style and peerless functionality. If you have a watch to sell or part exchange, or are just looking to treat yourself to a classic, we can help. For more information, view our Rolex Submariner range, give us a call on 0207 203 8495, or use the contact-us form to let us help you today.