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Rolex Submariner

Posted by wristwatch on July 5, 2007


The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is a line of watches manufactured by Rolex, designed for diving and known for their resistance to water. The first Submariner was introduced to the public in 1954 and joined Blancpain’s “Fifty Fathoms,” introduced at about the same time, as the world’s first watches designed for real underwater exploration, tested in high-pressure underwater environments, and manufactured in large numbers for retail sale. Neither Rolex nor Blancpain can claim to have produced the first dive watch. The Kobold “Marine,” introduced in 1932, probably deserves that title A large number of “canteen” style dive watches were made to military specification during and after WW2. These watches were made in small numbers, and were not intended for large-scale commercial distribution. Recent interest in these watches seem to be limited to collectors. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, while produced in relatively large quantities (and which is still being made today, by a successor company which purchased the Blancpain trademarks), never came close to rivaling the commercial success of the Rolex Submariner. Copied by countless lesser marques, the Submariner has become a style icon, and one of the most widely recognized luxury products in the world. The Rolex Submariner is part of Rolex’s Oyster Perpetual Professional line. The watch has been part of expeditions, both at sea (such as the Moana expedition) and overland in the Antarctic (where it withstood temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius below zero). In the Moana sea expedition it withstood in excess of a thousand dives. Thor Heyerdal, the famous Norwegian anthropologist, wore a Rolex Submariner in his 1970 Ra II sea expedition. The Rolex Submariner has appeared in eleven James Bond movies.

40mm Submariner in Steel
* Steel case and bracelet
* Black dial
* Green rotatable bezel
* Oyster fliplock bracelet with extension links

40mm Submariner in Rolesor
* Steel and 18ct yellow gold
* Blue dial
* Blue rotatable bezel
* Oyster fliplock bracelet with extension links

40mm Submariner in Rolesor
* Steel and 18ct yellow gold
* Black dial
* Black rotatable bezel
* Oyster fliplock bracelet with extension links

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