The green colored Rolex Submariner – also known as “the Hulk”:
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Rolex Submariners with the date function are referred to as Rolex Submariner Date.
The Rolex Submariners without the date function are simply called the Rolex Submariner. The original Rolex Submariners of the 1950s and the 1960s had no date function, and that’s why this particular version – Model Nr. 114060 – is the most sought after modern version of the Rolex Submariner, among serious Rolex collectors. The Submariner without the date is the more unusual version and interestingly the more affordable one as well.
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- About Rolex
- About Rolex Submariner
- James Bond 007
- Date Function
- Case Material
- Case Dimension
- Case Back
- Strap Materials
- Water Resistance
- Additional Questions
You can basically divide the Swiss watchmaking industry into two camps: Rolex, and the rest. That’s how excellent, prestigious, famous, and dominant the Rolex brand really is.
Established by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, Rolex is by far the most iconic and legendary luxury watchmaker in the industry. Its fame is mythical and unmatched, and rightly so: Rolex makes among the very best automatic/mechanical watches in the industry with extremely accurate, reliable, durable, shock resistant, anti-magnetic and robust movements, the best steel grade in the industry (904L stainless steel), unmatched build quality, unmatched reputation, and unmatched resale value.
Rolex’s watches are going through quality tests of such intensity and magnitude, that few brands out there can match Rolex.
All Rolex’s movements are in-house made by Rolex, all movements are chronometer certified and all Rolex’s movements use the so called parachrom hairspring. This technology is very particular and unusual because it is 100% anti-magnetic and 10 times more shock resistant than ordinary hairsprings! This makes all the difference because the hairspring sits inside the balance wheel, which is the very heart of an automatic/mechanical movement.
Rolex’s philosophy is to keep things simple, down to earth, limited and focused. Rolex rarely makes movements with complications – meaning haute horlogerie (fine watchmaking or the high art of watchmaking).
Rolex’s movements are stellar but simple meat and potatoes movements, focused on the basic time functions, that most people actually need and want. It takes Rolex a considerable amount of time – sometimes decades, to make the slightest changes in either their technology or design. Rolex’s philosophy is: “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
Rolex isn’t about technological revolution. Rolex is about technological evolution, and optimizing and improving the already existing technology.
Rolex is a super conservative and super reliable brand. If you purchase a Rolex, you know what you’ll get.
Rolex’s movements aren’t decorated at all, and their movements typically use mechanically speaking larger components than ETA/Valjoux movements, which means that Rolex’s movements are typically more robust and shock resistant. Since the Rolex’s movements are so robust, and typically use larger and fewer components than most movements out there, it means Rolex is capable of fixing and repairing your movement in a very short period of time.
Rolex’s success has given the manufacturer and brand enormous financial and industrial muscles, and if I’m not mistaken, Rolex alone stands for 20% of all Swiss luxury watches manufactured in the Swiss luxury watch industry.
Outside the major corporate groups such as Swatch Group, Richemont Group, LVMH etc, Rolex is probably the only 100% independent watchmaking giant. The other independent Swiss watchmakers are dwarves in comparison to Rolex’s enormous manufacturing capabilities.
Rolex has a plethora of iconic and legendary collections, and the Rolex Submariner is absolutely one of them.
Rolex Submariner isn’t just Rolex’s flagship. Rolex Submariner isn’t just Rolex’s and the world’s most famous divers watch, but quite possibly the most iconic watch ever made by man.
The Rolex Submariner is by far the most coveted and desired luxury watch on the market. Originally a men’s watch, the small dimensions of the Submariner has made it quite popular among women too.
Rolex Submariner’s history dates back to 1953, when it was released by Rolex. Rolex Submariner is one of the first and earliest divers watches in the world. Back then the watch was water resistant down to 100 meters. Today, Rolex Submariner is water resistant to 300 meters.
The original Rolex Submariners had no date function, and among watch collectors and Rolex enthusiasts, there is some sort of purity to them. The Rolex Submariners got the date function in the 1970s, if I’m not mistaken. Most Rolex Submariners today have the date, so the “No Date” version is of course the more unusual model.
The longest running adversary, nemesis and competitor of the iconic Rolex Submariner is the almost equally iconic and legendary Omega Seamaster Professional.
Ever since 1957, Rolex and Omega have been in fierce competition over who has got the best divers watch.
Never in the history of watchmaking, have to brands and two specific watches been in such fierce competition as the Rolex Submariner and the Omega Seamaster Professional. The eternal question – Rolex Submariner VS Omega Seamaster Professional is perhaps the most saturated question in the history of watchmaking.
There is a reason however why the Rolex Submariner is so popular: it’s a well built, beautiful, comfortable watch of the aesthetically pleasing proportions – the case has the right thickness in comparison to the case diameter. The dial is clear and legible, the bracelet is tapered and sits comfortably on the wrist. The movement is extremely accurate, reliable and serviceable.
Even if the Rolex Submariner is the only watch you’ve got, you have still opted for one of the very best luxury wristwatches on the market today.
The Rolex Submariner was and is the very first Bond watch ever used in the Bond movies. Nowadays, Omega has replaced Rolex as James Bond’s wristwatch.
Ian Fleming – the author who invented the fictional British agent James Bond 007, wrote in his books that 007 was wearing a Rolex, even though Mr Fleming wasn’t specific about what sort of Rolex.
The Rolex Submariner made its debut as the “James Bond Watch” in the very first James Bond movie called Dr. No (1962) starring Sean Connery as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007.
Rolex Submariner has been frequently used by Bond actors Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton, during the 1960s, the 1970s and the 1980s.
The particular model Sean Connery was wearing, was a Rolex Submariner Model Nr. 6538.
The brand-new, fresh from the factory, modern Rolex Submariners, are indeed similar but different to the old Rolex Submariner. If you want the original “James Bond Rolex”, you should probably take a look at vintage Rolex Submariners from the 1960s. They are no longer in production.
The closest thing you’ll get to the original “James Bond Rolex Submariner” among the modern Rolex Submariners, would be the Rolex Submariner Model/Reference Nr. 114060, also known as the Rolex Submariner No-Date.
Rolex Submariner Date:
- Rolex in-house automatic movement 3135, with 31 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 50 hour power reserve.
Rolex Submariner (colloquially known as the “Rolex Submariner No Date”):
- Rolex in-house automatic movement 3130, with 31 jewels, 28,800 vph, and a 48 hour power reserve.
- All Rolex Submariners have a date function except the “No Date” version.
- Basic time functions: hour-, minute-, and second hands.
The most commonly used materials are:
- 904L stainless steel.
- Combined 904L stainless steel and 18 carat yellow gold.
- 18 carat yellow gold.
- 18 carat white gold.
D = Diameter. TH = Thickness:
- D: 40mm.
- Solid case back.
- Unidirectional ceramic bezel.
- Sapphire crystal.
The most commonly used materials are:
- 904L stainless steel bracelet.
- Combined 904L stainless steel and 18 carat yellow gold bracelet.
- 18 carat yellow gold bracelet.
- 18 carat white gold bracelet.
- Fold-over clasp with safety, equipped with the Rolex Glidelock system, which allows you to adjust the size of the bracelet on the fly without using any tools.
- 300 meters/1,000 feet.
The Rolex Submariner is absolutely suitable for diving.
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