The Rolex To Rule Them All

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“The Rolex To Rule Them All”

Sean Connery and his Rolex Submariner on the set of James Bond

Today, I would like to talk about one of the most notarized, copied, sought after watches in dare I say, the world.

If you haven’t guessed yet, I am referring to the Rolex Submariner series. The Submariner is by far the most popular timepiece in the Rolex collection.

It would be better however to start from the beginning. Let me weave a quick tale of how the Submariner came to be, by first telling you how Rolex began.

Alfred Davis & Hans Wilsdorf in London, England founded Rolex in 1905. In 1919, the company was moved to Geneva, Switzerland for a very interesting reason. From what I read, the reason they moved to Switzerland was because of wartime taxes on luxury imports & exports of items like gold & silver. Something tells me that they wanted to remain in London, however War was dangerous & I assume the increase in taxes was too much for the company at that time (They were still a young company at this point). Rolex has a very interesting relationship with war surprisingly.

In World War II, Rolex became a very popular & established brand. They had a direct effect on theGreat Escape. When Allied POW’s were imprisoned, their Rolexes were confiscated. When Hans, heard of this he encouraged all the prisoners to write letters asking for another watch. He also told them that none of them had to pay for them until they became free men again. Without the Rolex, these men may not have been able to coordinate the Great Escape.

The Rolex Submariner – Photo Credit: Jake’s Rolex World

Now, for the Rolex to Rule them all. The Submariner. The Submariner is considered to be the greatest Rolex of its time. Introduced in 1954 at the Basel Watch Fair, the Submariner is one of the most copied watches by other watchmakers (think Panerai), & is considered “a classic among wristwatches manufactured by one of the most widely recognized luxury brands in the world”.

The Submariners purpose has mainly been for deep sea diving as well as aviation. This watch can stand temperatures as low as minus 45 degrees Celsius, remain waterproof depth of 4,000 ft. (the Sea-Dweller series reaches 4,000. The general Submariner is around 1,000ft). For the diver’s out there, you may want to seek out is the COMEX (a French diving company) Submariner. The COMEX utilized Subs are sought after heavily because of some of the depths these watches were taken to with the brand. For even more information about the intricacies of the Rolex Submariner, please check out Jake’s Rolex World. Jake has a wealth of information about the Rolex brand, & especially about the Submariner.

There is a certain movie that put the Submariner truly on the map. The movie I am referencing isJames Bond & specifically those staring Sean Connery (mentioned previously). In the books, it merely states that Bond wore a Rolex, but it was never clarified what type of Rolex. The directors made the right decision to go with the Submariner because of its rich history & technical prowess.

The first popular Submariner models were the 6204 (1953-1955) & 5512 (1959-1978). The 6204 model was featured at the Basel Watch Fair. This model was one of the timepieces that put them on the map. The Chronometer version (5512) was also the version used in the Bond films starring Sean Connery. The single largest distinguishing factor for the 5512 model was the addition of the “shoulders” on the crown side to protect the winding mechanism. This addition also created an additional design feature that is widely copied. For example, Invicta has a diver that looks similar to the Sub. These two Subs are very popular watches that would make a very nice addition to your collection. Don’t forget however about the beautiful 50th Anniversary edition (16610LV). This edition was produced from 2003-2010 & its most distinct feature is the green bezel. It really makes the watch stand out. Since the 50 year anniversary release, Rolex began to gradually add more depth to the Submariner line by adding yellow & white gold models.

Rolex Submariner 50th Anniversary – Photo Credit: KidKicks

The Rolex to rule them all. The Submariner.

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What are your thoughts on the Submariner? Do you think it is one of the greatest wristwatches Rolex ever created? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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