The Rolex Submariner is a watch collection with an interesting story. We always see the word “most” in front of the word Submariner, like most popular, most recognizable, most emulated. Owning and wearing a replica Rolex Submariner watch is one thing, but delving into the history of the watch can be a daunting task. Next, let’s take a look at the history of the Rolex Submariner.
Born In 1953
The history of the Rolex Submariner dates back to 1922. For it was in this year that Hans Wilsdorf began preparing a completely sealed, water-resistant case. In 1927, Mercedes Gleitze from Brighton, England, crossed the English Channel wearing a Rolex Oyster watch, proving to everyone that it was completely water-resistant. In September 1953, Rolex officially launched the first Submariner watch, which was officially presented at the Basel Fair in 1954.
First Rolex Submariner – Ref.6204 – 1953
The Rolex Submariner 6204 was the first waterproof watch officially released by Rolex. This watch is water resistant up to 100 meters. The rotatable 60-minute bezel allows divers to monitor the time underwater and helps them manage their oxygen reserves. However, at this time, the bezel does not yet have a smaller scale between zero and 15. Also, the hands at this point are still the usual stick or pencil type. The case of the Rolex Submariner 6204 is thinner and the crown is smaller at 5.3mm. In many ways, they were the best tool watches right from the start. Also, from the very beginning, the Submariner was designed to be a watch not only for use in the water, but also as an elegant sports watch for everyday use.
Mercedes Hour Hand
The Rolex Submariner 6205, released in 1954, looks more like the Submariners we know today, starting with the “SUBMARINER” at 6 o’clock on the dial. Secondly, the classic Mercedes hour hand replaced the normal sword-shaped hour hand, and the circle on the lollipop seconds hand was no longer at the top, but in the middle of the seconds hand.
Water Resistant To 200m And Bigger Crown – 8MM
The Rolex Submariner 6200 is one of the best Submariner watches ever made and the first Submariner to be made with has a large 8MM crown. This watch was launched in 1955. The thicker case combined with the larger crown doubled the water resistance of this Submariner watch to 200M.
Extra Detailing Of Bezel
The Rolex Submariner 6538 was created in 1956. It was the first time the Submariner refined the first 15 minutes of the Rolex bezel to make the final 15-minute countdown more accurate. In addition, the bezel starts with a red triangle.
Bigger Case Size – 40MM
Born in 1959, the Rolex Submariner 5512 was first fitted with a 40mm wide case. This model continued to be produced for over 20 years and there were dozens of variations. But they all feature angled lugs, a slightly larger 7mm crown, a crown guard, and a diving bezel with a detailed 15-minute scale.
Rolex Submariner Date Born
In 1969, Rolex introduced the first Rolex Submariner Date 1680 watch. Moreover, a Cyclops was set above the date window at three o’clock. The early Submariner Date 1680 watches were signed with the text “Submariner” in red in four lines at six o’clock, so the watch was also known as “The Red Sub “. Without a doubt, the Red Sub is one of the most iconic and collectible Submariner ever made.
Sapphire Crystal And Water Resistant To 300M
There are two improvements to this watch. First, the Rolex Submariner 16800 (born in 1979) has a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. This crystal is more suitable for diving environments and lasts longer and is more resistant. In addition, Rolex has increased the water resistance of the Submariner from 200M to 300M. To this day, the latest Rolex Submariner replica watches still maintain a water resistance of 300M.
Rolex Submariner Two-Tone
Up to this point, all replica Rolex Submariner watches are made of stainless steel. However, Rolex added Rolesor watches to the collection in 1969. The first one was the replica Rolex Submariner 16613 Two-Tone watch made of stainless steel and gold. This watch brought the Submariner to a higher and more luxurious status.
The Rolex Submariner has been equipped with the Caliber 31xx movement since 1988. The first replica Rolex Submariner 16610 was equipped with this movement. All Submariner watches released after this date were equipped with Caliber 3135 or Caliber 3130. This movement was not replaced until 2020.
The invention of the ceramic bezel is probably one of Rolex’s greatest patents of the last decade. The first Submariner watch to have a ceramic bezel was the replica Rolex Submariner 116613 two-tone. Ceramic bezels are more expensive, but they are scratch resistant and the shine doesn’t disappear.
Caliber 32xx And 41MM Case Size
In September 2020, Rolex upgraded every watch within the Submariner collection. The 2020 new Submariner fake watches have a 41MM case size, the largest Submariner watch to date. In addition, the Caliber 3135 within the Submariner Date has been upgraded to the Caliber 3235, and accordingly, the Caliber 3130 within the Submariner has been upgraded to the Caliber 3230. The most obvious change is the increase in power reserve of the movement from 48 hours to 70 hours.
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