Appreciation: The Classic Models – Rolex Submariner Watches

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is a line of sports watches designed for diving manufactured by Rolex, known for their resistance to water and corrosion. The first Submariner was introduced to the public in 1954 at the Basel Watch Fair. The Rolex Submariner is considered “a classic among wrist watches”, manufactured by one of the most widely recognized luxury brands in the world, and due to its popularity has become the subject of massive counterfeiting. The Rolex Submariner is part of Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual line.

The Swiss Replica Rolex Submariner model went into production in 1953 and was showcased at the Basel Watch Fair in 1954. The assigned case reference number of this first Submariner was either 6204 or 6205. It is unclear which model came first; in any event, the two watches are nearly identical. Neither has the distinctive “cathedral” or “Mercedes” hands now so strongly associated with the Submariner line. Rather, both of these early submariners have straight “pencil” style hands. Few, if any, of the 6205 watches bear the name “Submariner” on the dial, a major distinction of modern Submariners.

In 1965–1966, Rolex discontinued use of silver gilt dials on the Submariner watches, switching to white printing. A final important change came with the introduction of the 1680 model in the late 1960s: the 1680 was the first Submariner to be equipped with a date function, marking the completion of the transition of the Submariner line from specialist tool watch to mass market fashion accessory. While many professional and military divers used—and continue to use—Submariners in the most demanding underwater environments, by the late 1960s, the watch had undeniably become a mass market product a s well.

A new Submariner-Date, model 116613 (not to be confused with model 16613), 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. Its reference is 116610.

The rare gold Rolex is just one of three known to exist — there’s one with a black dial and two with blue dials). This watch was said to have been a prototype from the early 1970’s, so it doesn’t have a serial number. But, the watch is confirmed to be genuine and produced from Rolex’s factory.

AS you can see, it features a dive bezel with knurling on two opposing sections, as well as a bark finish on the Rolex’s iconic jubilee bracelet. It also boasts a blue dial, with yellow gold markers and hands.

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