ROLEX SUBMARINER : The Experimental Years

Rolex Submariner History:  1950 – 1960

Submariner from 1950

 Stories of the Stainless Steel Rolex Submariner from it’s earliest years in 1950, have been slightly speculative, and mysterious at best. For example, no one really knows when the very first Rolex Submariner model was first produced, or why there were so many different variations along the way. At that time, a remarkable number of new Submariner models were quickly being introduced by Rolex, especially in comparison with more recent years. Most likely, the Rolex Watch Company (RWC) was experimenting with their Submariner, until they found the right recipe for the long run.

General consensus agrees that Rolex first formally introduced the Submariner model 6204 at the 1954 Basel Spring Fair (although an earlier model 6200 was already in limited existence). This forged the pathway for their competition to follow, as Rolex was full of innovations such as the rotating bezel, tip lock clasp, and extension link.

Model Numbers during this period were ref. 6200, 6204, 6205, 6536, 6536/1, 6538, 6538/6, 5508, and 5510.











The Rolex Submariner ref. 11610LV immediately earned it’s nickname “The Hulk” after it’s introduction at Baselworld in 2010. Broader and sturdier than it’s predecessor, it also features a Glidelock clasp which enables extension of the Oyster bracelet length via ratcheting increments. Not unlike it’s other 2010 brethren from Rolex, incorporated in the new Submariner 11610LV, is the patented Cerachrom, an inlay of ceramic material within the bezel which is extremely scratch resistant. In this case, of course we see green, matching the green maxi dial. This Rolex Submariner is highly sought after, as green has been widely associated with the Rolex brand. It is also lovingly referred to as the Sub LV.