The generous variety of ROLEX watch models in general can overwhelm a novice shopper, even when their search has been pared down to a single type, the Rolex Submariner.
Introduced in 1954 at the Swiss Watch Fair, the appropriately named Submariner was designed with the purpose of deep ocean diving. Over the years, it has proved to be equally at home out of the water and has become the emblematic all-round watch, worn by explorers, athletes, film-makers, artists and others across all walks of life.
It held up to the chore of resisting water intrusion to a depth of 200 meters at first, with most recent models withstanding 300 meters. Along with the various mechanical updates on Submariner models over the years, we also have a variety of esthetically pleasing options to choose from.
In this article, we will describe each type of Submariner.
A simple and clean design, featuring a sharp black face with luminescent hands and hour markers, as well as the date. The bracelet is made from stainless steel, as is the case, making this a classic choice. This model was produced from 1989 to 2010. Older models may have a rickety, loose oyster bracelet, as years of friction or polishing have gradually worn the metal down, and their bracelets also have an extra, permanent half-link which is riveted to the oyster clasp.
The Black Rolex Submariner 14060
A very similar design to the 16610, except that it has no date. This “no date” model is favored by many serious collectors and watch enthusiasts for its simplicity. These models are in less supply, so they oftentimes sell very quickly. The Submariner 14060 was produced by Rolex from 1990 to 2002. Never associate Submariner model numbers based on the “no date” variable alone, as the 14060 is not the only Submariner without a date.
Also referred to as the “The Hulk”. This Submariner model is a green version of the aforementioned 116610, as it features a green bezel and Glidelock clasp. This particular Submariner differs from the standard 16610 only in a few key areas to be found on the watch dial and bezel. The most apparent change is the color of Rolex green bezel insert which is used on the 16610LV instead of the standard-issue black bezel insert. A new “Maxi Dial” shows white gold markers which are larger in diameter as well. Only produced between 2003 and 2010 in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Submariner, this model is more scarcely on the market.
Features a waterproof 40mm stainless steel case, signature screw down crown, and a handsome black dial with white Luminova hour markers. But the most poignant difference here is the intra smooth and scratch resistant black Ceramic bezel. It has a long lasting sheen which makes the watch look like it was just polished. Maxi dial, along with a recent innovation from Rolex, the marvelous Glidelock clasp. This “Submariner Ceramic” has been in production from 2010 – present day (2013).
Offers a number of dial and bracelet options. The dial comes in several color options such as black, silver, and blue, and showcases luminous hour markers. The bracelets are made of 18 karat yellow gold and steel. This model was produced from about 1988 to 2010.
A unique Rolex Submariner with a brilliant blue face with luminous hands and markers, with a bracelet made of 18-karat yellow gold and steel. It comes equipped with a Ceramic bezel and Glidelock clasp.
The Rolex 18K Gold Submariner 16618 was designed in 1990, and it has retained its value to this day. Featuring a solid 18-karat gold oyster bracelet, this model was produced from about 1990 to 2010.
Rolex 18K Gold Submariner Ceramic 116618 was designed in 2007. It comes in black dial/black ceramic bezel or blue dial/blue ceramic bezel with white, luminous hour markers, and an Oyster bracelet made from 18-karat yellow gold with a Glidelock clasp. This classic status symbol carries a higher price tag than other pre-owned Rolex watches. This model is currently in production (2013).
The Rolex White Gold Submariner Ceramic 116619 is a variation on the 18K gold Submariner which is water resistant all of the way up to 1,000 feet of depth. This model has a blue Ceramic bezel and the 18k white gold bracelet has a matching Glidelock clasp.
Rubber B offers a diversity of Vulcanized Rubber strap engineered to fit Rolex Submariner case and Deployant buckle*. Compatible with the Glidelock clasp of Submariner Ceramic, Classic Series , as well as Tang Buckle Series, offered in diverse colors, including VulChromatic dual colored straps.
In addition, Rubber B offers it’s exclusive Velcro®️ Series, the strongest & most reliable, industrial strength fastener, offering a secure closure. As well as SwimSkin®️ Cuff Series, which looks and feels identical to natural moisture-sensitive materials such as Alligator hide or Kevlar® fabric, yet SwimSkin® is 100% rubber. Waterproof for all aquatic and active lifestyles.
Blue Strap for Rolex Submariner Date – Tang Buckle Series$240.00
White Strap for Rolex Submariner Date – Tang Buckle Series$240.00
Black Strap for Rolex Submariner Date – Glidelock Edition$250.00
Black & Blue Strap for Rolex Submariner Non-Ceramic – Classic Series VulChromatic®$250.00
Black & Red Strap for Rolex Submariner Non-Ceramic – Classic Series VulChromatic®$250.00
Black & Green Rolex Submariner Non-Ceramic – Classic Series VulChromatic®$250.00
Red Strap for Rolex Submariner Non-Ceramic – Classic Series$220.00
Orange Strap for Rolex Submariner Non-Ceramic – Classic Series$220.00