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Underwater Wednesday: Rolex Submariner

by Michael Weare
13 February, 2013
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Rolex Submariner

Underwater Wednesday is a series that looks at one of the most popular genres in men’s watches, the diver’s watch. In truth, the vast majority of diver’s watches are likely to be subjected to nothing more strenuous than a dip in the pool or a little shallow scuba diving.  Watch companies know this, and so many of them are designed as much for show as they are for any serious underwater wear.

You can rest assured though that the Rolex Submariner is amply equipped for both eventualities. It’s a true design classic from Rolex, often imitated, but rarely surpassed.

Rolex Submariner in solid 18k gold

Rolex Submariner in solid gold

There are numerous variations, starting with stainless steel and pimping right up to a £25,500 + solid yellow or white gold model which is unlikely to see even a splash of rain as it may adorn the wrist of a wealthy Emirati or a Hollywood high roller.

But even your entry level Rolex Sub at around £5,000 is an excellent dive watch designed for the long haul, and for daily wear.

Looking at the Rolex Submariner in the picture you’d be hard put to place the year when it was made. That’s because it has remained basically the same since Rolex arrived at the Ref 1680 model with date and bubble window in the late 60’s.

This most popular of dive watches was first introduced at Baselworld in 1954. It can be taken to depths of 300 metres thanks to its Oyster Perpetual casing with a unidirectional diving bezel which glides smoothly into place. The watch incorporates the Triplock crown, a triple sealing device, which is set between the seamless shoulders of the solid steel or gold case. Every movement is an officially certified Swiss chronometer by the COSC.

Rolex Submariner ref 114060

Rolex Submariner ref 114060

Although on the surface it appears the watch has changed little over the years, it is always in a constant state of refinement and improvement. Rolex Submariner ref 114060, a no-date version with chromalight hour markers, was introduced at Baselworld in 2012. Observe the increased crown guard.

The Rolex Submariner has been seen in many more James Bond movies than any other watch, and if you are starting a dive watch collection, this reliable high quality classic is a must have in your portfolio.

 

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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