Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Watch: Things To Know

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner

 

What's the allure of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner?

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner, part of Rolex's Oyster Perpetual Professional line, was first introduced to the public by Rolex in 1954 at the Swiss Watch Fair. It was designed for diving and is well known for its' resistance to water. The Submariner is recognized as a classic and is often copied by other watch makers. Its' popularity makes it one of the most sought after and recognized luxury products in the world.

If The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is Good Enough For James Bond...

Let's be honest. The Rolex is a status symbol-kind of like a car, only you can't take a car into the board room. It's a brand as recognizable as Patek Philippe and Cartier in the luxury watch world. Like the others, a Rolex is known for its quality workmanship.

Adding to the Rolex Submariner's status symbol is the fact that it was seen in eleven James Bond movies. It was in 1962 that Sean Connery was introduced as James Bond in Dr. No, and a Rolex Submariner adorned his wrist.

The Rolex Submariner Just Keeps Getting Better!

Over the years, the Rolex Submariner has gone through many model changes, continuously upgrading and adding features. The new Rolex Submariner Date that was unveiled at Baselworld 2008 is created from 18ct yellow or white gold and has an innovative rotatable Cerachrom Bezel. This new Submariner watch features an oyster bracelet with Glidelock clasp that can be easily adjusted for wear over a dive suit.

Below, I've included Rolex Submariner Model Information, and various vintage model information. Be sure to visit my recommended Rolex eBay Powerseller hub to see my recommendations on five top, trusted eBay Powersellers specializing in Rolex watches and accessories. Also, visit my hub about how to spot a fake Rolex.

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Rolex Submariner Model Information and Characteristics

  • Is waterproof to a maximum depth of 300 meters/1000 ft.
  • Has the Triplock system, featuring a triple gasket system, is identified by three dots on the crown which screws down tightly onto the case tube and against the Oyster case providing another layer of protection.
  • Has a case made from a solid block of 904L stainless steel or gold. 904L steel is a corrosion-resistant stainless steel alloy. Rolex makes its gold in its own foundrywhere it can create new alloys and control the quality of the gold.
  • As a true diving watch, the Submariner utilizes a unidirectional bezel that enables the diver to memorize and follow immersion time. Since the bezel only rotates counterclockwise, the elapsed time can only become "longer" in case of accidental bezel movement, thus avoiding the danger of spending too much time underwater.
  • Has the Perpetual rotor in the self-winding wristwatch mechanism which allows the watch to run continuously because every slight movement of the wrist winds the movement and the energy generated is stored in the mainspring which can allow the watch to continue to function with no movement for up to two or three days. Every movement (except the movement of the non date version 14060M) is an officially certified Swiss chronometer by the COSC. At midnight the Rolex calendar mechanism advances to the next date in a single short rotation.
  • As of Summer of 2007 The 14060M non date version will be a COSC certified Swiss chronometer.
  • As of 2007, and more particularly, with the "Z" serial number series, there are no holograms on the casebacks.
  • A new submariner based on the "supercase" used in the GMT II was presented at the 2008 Basel show. The first Submariner models offered are a yellow gold with blue face and bezel and a new white gold with blue face and bezel.

Rolex Submariner 6200 - Original Submariner

  • The Rolex Submariner 6200 was launched in 1953. Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with an 8mm crown. No crown guard and no depth rating on dial. Submariner not printed on dial. Dial similar to Explorer style dials of same period. Non-Chronometer A296 movement with 18 Jewels. Larger case than the 6204 or 6205. Larger crown marked Brevet.

  • Updated in 1955. Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with an 8mm crown. No crown guard and no depth rating on dial. Submariner printed on dial. Included the Mercedes hands. Non-Chronometer A296 movement with 18 Jewels. Larger case than the 6536 or 6538. Larger crown marked Brevet.

Rolex Submariner 6204 - Launched in two versions

  • Rolex Submariner 6204 was launched in 1954. Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with a 6mm crown. No crown guard and no depth rating on dial. Submariner printed on dial. Dial revised from 6200. Used the upgraded non-chronometer A260 movement with 18 Jewels. Smaller than the 6200.
  • Updated in 1954. Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with a 6mm crown. No crown guard and no depth rating on dial. Model name "blacked-out." Non-Chronometer A260 movement with 18 Jewels. Smaller than the 6200

The Rolex Submariner 6205

 
  • The Rolex Submariner 6205 was launched in 1954. Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with a 6mm crown. No crown guard and no depth rating on dial. Model name not present on dial. Dial revised from 6200. Used the upgraded A260 movement. Same size as the 6204. Smaller than the 6200

  • Updated in 1955. Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with 6mm crown. No crown guard however depth rating now printed on dial (white). Model name present on dial. A260 movement. Smaller than the 6200

The Rolex Submariner 6536

  • The Rolex Submariner 6536 was launched in 1955. Upgrade of the 6205 model. Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with the 8mm crown. No crown guard and no depth rating on dial. Submariner printed on dial. First time use of the Mercedes hands. Movement upgraded to the non-chronometer 1030 with 25 Jewels.

  • Updated in 1956. Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with a 8mm crown. No crown guard however depth rating now printed on dial (white). Submariner also printed on dial. Non-Chronometer 1030 movement. First time Bezel contained markers for first 15 minutes.

The Rolex Submariner 6536/1

  • The Rolex Submariner 6536/1 was launched in 1956. Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with a 8mm crown. No crown guard with depth rating printed on dial (white). Model name also present on dial. Chronometer 1030 movement with 25 Jewels. Bezel with markers for first 15 minutes. Triangle on Bezel painted red.

The Rolex Submariner 6538 - James Bond Submariner (Dr. No)

  • The Rolex Submariner 6538 was launched in 1955. Upgrade of the 6204 model. Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with the 6mm crown. No crown guard and no depth rating on dial. Model name present on dial. Used the upgraded A260 movement.

  • Updated in 1956. Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with 8mm crown. No crown guard with depth rating printed on dial (white). Model name also present on dial. Upgraded to the 1030 movement. Case upgraded to same size as the 6200 (larger).
  • Updated in 1956. Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with 8mm crown. No crown guard with depth rating printed on dial (white). Model name also present on dial. 'Officially Certified Chronometer' now painted on dial. 1030 movement.

The Rolex Submariner 5508

  • The Rolex Submariner 5508 was launched in 1958. Upgrade to the 6536/1 model. Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with 6mm crown. No crown guard and depth rating on always printed on dial. Model name printed on dial. Upgraded to the new Chronometer 1530 movement.

  • Updated in 1964. Luminous markers not enclosed by circular border.

The Rolex Submariner 5510

  • The Rolex Submariner 5510 was launched in 1958. Upgrade to the 6200 model. Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with the 8mm crown. No crown guard and depth rating printed on dial. Submariner printed on dial. New Chronometer 1530 movement.

  • Updated in 1964. Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with the 8mm crown. No crown guard. Depth rating printed on dial. Printing on dial changed to white.

The Rolex Submariner 5512

  • The Rolex Submariner 5512 was launched in 1959. Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with 8mm crown. Crown guard. Depth rating printed on dial. Chronometer. 'Officially Certified Chronometer' printed on dial. Submariner printed on dial. New 1560 Chronometer movement.
  • Updated in 1965. Depth rating to 660 ft (200m) with 8mm crown. Crown guard. Depth rating printed on dial. Superlative added to printing on dial.

5513 - James Bond Submariner (Live and Let Die)

  • The Rolex Submariner 5513 was launched in 1962. Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with 8mm crown. Crown guard. Depth rating printed on dial. Non-Chronometer. 1530 movement. Dial marked with Swiss.
  • Updated in 1963. Depth rating to 660 ft (200m) with 8mm crown. Non-Chronometer 1520 movement. Swiss T<25 printed on dial.
  • Navy model launched in 1968. Depth rated to 660 ft (200m) with 8mm crown. Crown guard. Soldered strap bars. Large hour and minute hands. Large T printed above depth rating to indicate luminous material as tritium.

The Rolex Submariner 5517

  • The Rolex Submariner 5517 was launched in 1971 for the British Marines. Depth rated to 660 ft (200m) with 8mm crown. Crown guard. Crown with triple-lock. Bezel with 60 minute markers. Soldered strap bars. Large hour and minute hands. Large T printed above depth rating to indicate luminous material as tritium.

The Rolex Submariner 1680

  • The Rolex Submariner 1680 was launched in 1966. Depth rated to 660 ft (200m) with 8mm crown. Crown guard. Depth rating printed on dial. Chronometer. New 1575 Chronometer movement with Date. Raised and flat crystal. Submariner printed in red.
  • Updated in 1972. Depth rated to 660 ft (200m) with 8mm crown. Crown guard. Crown with triple-lock. Depth rating printed on dial. Chronometer. 1575 Chronometer movement with Date. Raised and flat crystal. All dial lettering printed in white.

The Rolex Submariner 16800

  • The Rolex Submariner 16800 was launched in 1982. Depth rated to 1000 ft (300m) with 8mm crown. Crown guard. Crown with triple-lock. Depth rating printed on dial. Chronometer. New 3085 Chronometer movement with Date. Low-profile sapphire crystal. All dial lettering printed in white.

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