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Rolex Submariner- The Diving Legend

23 Feb

submariner

Diving watches are luxury timepiece created especially for the needs of professional divers. The Replica Rolex Submariner wristwatch is a delicate imitation of the genuine Rolex. The Oyster Perpetual Submariner is best known for its high resistance to corrosion and water. The first series of the watch was presented to the public in 1954 at Basel watch fair.

The case reference number of very first watch was 6204. In 1954, the company produced small number of 6200 models. The series was the first one to use Mercedes hand set which later on became the feature of all submarines. The 6200 series also had an oversized winding crown as compared to previous models. After few years, Rolex produced 6536 with small crown and 6538 with oversized crown models. These models were produced with improved movements including chronometer version in few 6536 models, Submariner logo, Mercedes hands and the depth rating printed on its dial. In early 1960s, two other models 5508 with small crown and 5510 with large crown were manufactured and produced. The new models of Submariner 5512 with chronometer and 5513 with non-chronometer marked important change in the design of the Rolex. “Shoulders” were added by manufacturers’ to the crown side of the case to improve the protection of setting/winding mechanism. In previous models, the shoulders were present in pyramid shape and ended in points. But the later models of Submariner were made with rounded shoulders. Both 5512 and 5513 were fitted with an oversized crown which later on became the standard feature of this watch series.

In early 1960s’ Rolex switched to new and safe tritium infused paint. In 1965-1966, Rolex switched to white printing and discontinued the use of gilt/silver gilt dials on the watches. The most important change appeared with the introduction of the new model 1680 in late 1960s. This model was of the first one of the Submariner series which was equipped with date feature. This function completely transformed the diving watch into mass market high end fashion accessory. In next 40 years, water resistance feature of the Submariner was improved along with some new movements and also fewer cosmetic changes. In 2003, 50th anniversary of the Submariner was celebrated by Rolex and launched Rolex Submariner Date anniversary edition with green bezel and Maxi dial. However this edition was discontinued in 2010 with new random serial number. At 2008 Basel watch fair, new Submariner-Date model with “supercase” was presented. The first Date models of the watch were offered with yellow gold, blue face and bezel, while the new model has white gold, blue face and bezel. The stainless steel model with reference no. 116610 was presented at Basel show in 2010. An updated version with reference 114060 was introduced at 2012 Basel watch fair with new Maxi Case, Ceramic bezel, Chromalight, bracelet with Glidelock and blue Parachrom hairspring.

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