Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Submariner

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Rolex Submariner Date - 1974, waterproof to 200 m
Rolex Submariner Date Steel/Gold
Rolex Submariner Date Jubilee model/green

Rolex Submariner

Dive watch by Rolex

After many experiments 1953 the first special wristwatch for divers was brought to market by Rolex — the Submariner. Initially, the water resistance was only guaranteed up to 100 m. Over the years this model was then constantly refined. Thus, 1957 the case and the Bezel were strengthened, 1959 a crown protection was added. In the 1960's and 1970's the watch was delivered with a plexiglass. It was complemented 1966 by a date display and in the 1980's with the left turning bezel. 1988, she received a sapphire crystal. From the same year on it was waterproof to a depth of 300 m.

Today, the Submariner is rightly counted to the most famous luxury watches in the world, perhaps it is even the best known of all. At all events it is, since Sean Connery bore it in the first James Bond films, an icon of prestige and reliability. Not only has its high quality workmanship set standards, but also its functionality, its readability, the indestructibility of the Oyster chassis — not to mention the sturdy chronometer movement, whose precision is a class by itself and totally deserves the dial label it bears: superlative chronometer.

A further development of the "Submariner" for even greater immersion depths represent the models Sea-Dweller (waterproof to 1,220 meters and additional helium escape valve) and Sea-Dweller Deepsea. The latter was presented 2008 as a new development, which is even waterproof to a record depth of 3,900 m and also contains a number of further modifications.

Below the current Rolex "Submariner Date", Ref 16610 is described. The "no date Submariner" (Ref 14060M) is also still available, though mostly pushed in the background by the better-known model. The anniversary model, presented in 2003, is still to mention, which captivates attention with its green bezel, its extra large indexes (Maxdial) and a wider minute hand.


14060, 14060M (without date) (all steel)
16610 (steel), 16613 (steel/gold), 16618 (gold), 16610LV (jubilee model, green)


Self-winding movement Rolex 3135, bi-directional winding, 28.800 A/h
KIF-Flector shock protection, Breguet hairspring, Glucydur balance wheel with microstella screws
31 jewels
Certified chronometer (COSC), hacking seconds
Ø 28.5 mm, height 6.0 mm
199 components
Approx. 50 hours power reserve


Oyster case, stainless steel or stainless steel/yellow gold or yellow gold
Ø 40.0 mm, height 12.8 mm
Bezel unidirectional (counter-clockwise) turning, according to dive watch conventions, snapping in 120 steps
Sapphire crystal with date loupe
Screw-in crown, screw-in back
Waterproof to 30 atm


Brilliant black, indexes with Superluminova and set in white gold. Dot indexes are on the 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11 o'clock positions, bar indexes at the 6 and 9 o'clock position, and a single triangle index at 12 o'clock. The date window is at the 3 o'clock position
Central seconds
Skeletonized hand of white gold and covered with Superluminova; hour hand in Rolex typical "Mercedes star" look


Hours, minutes, central seconds, date


Oyster stainless steel bracelet, clasp with fliplock protection and foldout diver's prolongation at the inside of the clasp