The name is Submariner, Rolex Submariner. An intriguing cast member of the James Bond movies, the iconic Rolex Submariner watch has appeared in a number of movies, most notably when Sean Connery wore the Rolex 6538 in his four first movies. George Lazenby, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton were the next Bonds to practise what they preached as they liked to bond with the best.
And that’s just a small tidbit of the legacy of the Rolex Submariner watch for men!
Crafted for lovers of diving, Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is a line of premium sports watches. The quintessential divers’ watch, the Submariner family has evolved to be one of the most sought-after Rolex watches in India. This iconic timepiece has evolved with a series of patented Rolex technical innovations, guaranteeing its reliability and precision down to depths of 300 metres. The first watch to reach a depth of 330 feet completely waterproof, and today the Oyster case guarantees this Rolex watch is waterproof to a depth of 1,000 feet – now that’s dedication to the art of watchmaking.
The Rolex Submariner’s clean yet distinctive style made a mark right from the start. With their subtly redesigned Oyster case and statement dial with large luminescent hour markers, the latest generation Rolex Submariner and Submariner Date watches are inspired by the first watch launched way back in 1953.
Rolex offers the Submariner in several different colour and metal options; however, the price of a brand-new, steel-cased, Rolex Submariner is approximately INR 4,71000 for the standard version and INR 23,38,500 for the slightly more expensive. Today, the options are myriad from the Two Tone Black Rolex Submariner to the Rolex Submariner with a Green Dial to the Silver Rolex Submariner. A perfect transitional luxury watch.
In 1954, Rolex also produced a limited edition of Submariners. This was the first Submariner (although not the first Rolex) to make use of the Mercedes handset, a feature of all subsequent Rolex Submariner watches for men. The 6200 also featured an oversized winding crown compared to the 6204 and 6205 models. Within a few years, Rolex revised its Submariner line, producing the 6536 (small crown) and 6538 (oversized crown) models. These watches had “improved” movements including a chronometer version in some 6536 models (designated 6536/1), the now-familiar Mercedes hands, and the Submariner logo and depth rating printed on the dial.
All of these early Submariners used either gilt or gilt/silver gilt printing on glossy black dials.
The next wave of Submariners, the 5512 (chronometer version) and 5513 (non-chronometer), marked a significant change in the appearance of the popular Rolex design. “Shoulders” were added to the crown side of the case to provide protection for the winding/setting mechanism.
The regular Submariner was never given a helium valve, but it was continually improved, and by 1959 it was water-resistant to 200 metres. In the 1960s, a “cyclops” magnified date window was added to models with a date function. This marked the completion of the transition of the Submariner line from a specialist tool watch to a fashion accessory.
Throughout the next 40 years, the Submariner was updated with improved water resistance, new movements, and numerous small cosmetic changes. In 2003, Rolex celebrated the Submariner’s 50th anniversary by launching the Rolex Submariner-Date anniversary edition (16610 LV), with distinguishing features such as the green bezel and Maxi dial.
A new Rolex Submariner-Date, model 116613, with a design based on the “supercase” used in the GMT II, was presented at the 2008 Basel show. The first Submariner-Date models offered were a yellow gold with blue face and bezel and a new white gold with blue face and bezel. The stainless steel case model was presented at the 2010 Basel show.
Over the past decade demand for the Rolex Submariner Watches has grown, as scholarship has improved with more and more collectors having developed an understanding and appreciation of the continuous but subtle improvements the model has undergone since its original introduction.
Speculation and rumours have been rife in the last few months however with experts predicting a new Rolex Submariner in the offing. Some have also predicted a surprise in store for aficionados with the masterpiece undergoing a potential re-design to the dismay of many Rolex loyalists. However the staunchest patrons are adamant that the submariner’s legacy will stay true to its origins.
Can we expect a potential re-design? Only time will tell! That its design has remained largely unchanged over 60 years later is testament to the timeless style of the Rolex Submariner that is here to stay for decades to come!