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Rolex Submariner w/ Diamond and Sapphire Dial
Rolex Submariner w/ Diamond and Sapphire Dial
AU$ 15,402
Seller
Jewels by Hamid
 
US
Rolex Submariner - Model No.  116613LB
Rolex Submariner - Model No. 116613LB
Price on request
Seller
Watch Exchange Pty Ltd, Australia
AU
Rolex Submariner Blue Index Dial 18k Yellow Gold 116618LB
Rolex Submariner Blue Index Dial 18k Yellow Gold 116618LB
AU$ 39,995
Seller
Zaeger Pty Ltd
AU
Rolex Submariner Date NOS-Full-Set LC100 M-Serie
Rolex Submariner Date NOS-Full-Set LC100 M-Serie
AU$ 16,522
Seller
watchagent24
 
DE
Rolex Submariner Date
Rolex Submariner Date
AU$ 10,099
Seller
T Heart & Co Jewellers
 
UK
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
Rolex Submariner (No Date)
AU$ 11,487
Seller
COSMO 1963 GRAPH
 
IT
Rolex - Submariner - 116610LN - Men - 2011-present
Auction
Rolex - Submariner - 116610LN - Men - 2011-present
AU$ 11,802
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Submariner(date) 18 K Yellow Gold Blue Automatic 116618LB
Rolex Submariner(date) 18 K Yellow Gold Blue Automatic 116618LB
AU$ 35,343
Seller
VIP WATCH & JEWELLERY
18
HK
Rolex Submariner bi color steel gold black dial bezel 116613ln
Rolex Submariner bi color steel gold black dial bezel 116613ln
AU$ 16,994
Seller
Timepiece Bank
230
BE
Rolex SUBMARINER 18K Yellow Gold Watch Blue Ceramic
Rolex SUBMARINER 18K Yellow Gold Watch Blue Ceramic
AU$ 34,821
Seller
Avi & Co NY
33
US
Rolex Submariner Yellow Gold - Model No. 116610
Rolex Submariner Yellow Gold - Model No. 116610
AU$ 35,000
Seller
Watch Exchange Pty Ltd, Australia
AU
Rolex Submariner Steel Green Ceramic Bezel Date 116610LV
Rolex Submariner Steel Green Ceramic Bezel Date 116610LV
AU$ 13,500
Seller
Zaeger Pty Ltd
AU
Rolex Submariner Date New-Fullset-LC EU
Rolex Submariner Date New-Fullset-LC EU
AU$ 12,116
Seller
watchagent24
 
DE
Rolex Submariner Date Sultan Stahl 18kt Gelbgold Diamond...
Rolex Submariner Date Sultan Stahl 18kt Gelbgold Diamond...
AU$ 17,073
Free shipping
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
384
DE
Rolex Submariner 1680
Rolex Submariner 1680
Price on request
Seller
COSMO 1963 GRAPH
 
IT
Rolex - Submariner- 16613 - Men - 2000-2010
Auction
Rolex - Submariner- 16613 - Men - 2000-2010
AU$ 11,330
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Rolex : Submariner Date :  116618LB :  18k Gold : blue dial : NEW
Rolex : Submariner Date : 116618LB : 18k Gold : blue dial : NEW
AU$ 40,963
Seller
BernardWatch.com
141
US
Rolex Submariner
Rolex Submariner
AU$ 15,128
Seller
luxurywatches
21
SE
Rolex TWO TONE SUBMARINER
Rolex TWO TONE SUBMARINER
AU$ 15,402
Seller
Golda Co.
9
US
Rolex Submariner Steel & 18K Yellow Gold Blue Ceramic
Rolex Submariner Steel & 18K Yellow Gold Blue Ceramic
AU$ 17,410
Free shipping
Seller
Avi & Co NY
33
US
Rolex Submariner Blue Index Dial 18k White Gold 116619LB
Rolex Submariner Blue Index Dial 18k White Gold 116619LB
AU$ 41,990
Seller
Zaeger Pty Ltd
AU
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Fat Four
Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Fat Four
AU$ 16,129
Seller
Juwelier Burger, since 2001
440
NL
Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513
Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513
AU$ 25,570
Free shipping
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
63
NL
Rolex SUbmariner Date Serti Dial Gold
Rolex SUbmariner Date Serti Dial Gold
AU$ 28,792
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
84
UK
Rolex - Submariner 16610LV FAT FOUR Full Set Never Polish- Men...
Auction
Rolex - Submariner 16610LV FAT FOUR Full Set Never Polish- Men...
AU$ 24,233
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Rolex 16610LV Submariner 50th Anniversary F Series (27029)
Rolex 16610LV Submariner 50th Anniversary F Series (27029)
AU$ 22,099
Seller
European Watch Company
64
US
Rolex Submariner
Rolex Submariner
AU$ 15,287
Seller
luxurywatches
21
SE
Rolex Submariner
Rolex Submariner
AU$ 14,465
Seller
Tarrytown Jewelers
 
US
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 16618 Submariner 18k Yellow Gold
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 16618 Submariner 18k Yellow Gold
AU$ 21,963
Seller
Phigora
74
US
Rolex Submariner Blue Index Dial 116613
Rolex Submariner Blue Index Dial 116613
AU$ 17,695
Seller
Zaeger Pty Ltd
AU
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date Ref. 16610 NOS
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date Ref. 16610 NOS
AU$ 13,454
Seller
Juwelier Eupen
74
DE
Rolex 5513 Submariner No Date "Spider Dial"B & P,...
Rolex 5513 Submariner No Date "Spider Dial"B & P,...
AU$ 21,990
Seller
C & F Handelskontor GmbH
 
DE
Rolex submariner 116613 STEEL GOLD
Rolex submariner 116613 STEEL GOLD
AU$ 15,891
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2186
IT
Rolex - Submariner- 16610 - Men - 2000-2010
Auction
Rolex - Submariner- 16610 - Men - 2000-2010
AU$ 9,048
Estimated price
Seller
Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Submariner Date
Rolex Submariner Date
AU$ 12,887
Seller
Joaillerie Royale
271
BE
Rolex Submariner
Rolex Submariner
AU$ 13,535
Seller
luxurywatches
21
SE
Rolex Submariner Steel & 18K Yellow Gold Blue Ceramic
Rolex Submariner Steel & 18K Yellow Gold Blue Ceramic
AU$ 15,669
Seller
Avi & Co NY
33
US
Rolex Submariner Ceramic Bezel 18K/Steel Two Tone Mint Condition
Rolex Submariner Ceramic Bezel 18K/Steel Two Tone Mint Condition
AU$ 16,065
Seller
The Watch Collector NY
 
US
Rolex Submariner Black Index Dial 18k Yellow Gold 116618LN
Rolex Submariner Black Index Dial 18k Yellow Gold 116618LN
AU$ 38,990
Seller
Zaeger Pty Ltd
AU
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date Ref. 116613LN
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date Ref. 116613LN
AU$ 16,758
Seller
Juwelier Eupen
74
DE
Rolex Submariner Date 16618 Gelbgold 750 Automatik
Rolex Submariner Date 16618 Gelbgold 750 Automatik
AU$ 23,588
Seller
Juwelier Rieger
110
DE
Rolex 18k Y/G Unworn Blue Dial Submariner Date B&P 116618LB
Rolex 18k Y/G Unworn Blue Dial Submariner Date B&P 116618LB
AU$ 39,423
Free shipping
Seller
Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
84
UK
Rolex Submariner Stahl / Gold 116613LN
Rolex Submariner Stahl / Gold 116613LN
AU$ 15,720
Seller
CologneWatchCenter
123
DE
Rolex Submariner Ref. 16610LV (RO4047)
Rolex Submariner Ref. 16610LV (RO4047)
AU$ 15,578
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
75
IT
Rolex Submariner
Rolex Submariner
AU$ 13,926
Seller
COMPLICATO S.R.L
 
IT
Rolex Submariner 16800 Ser. 747++++ 1982 JUST SERVICED 3527
Rolex Submariner 16800 Ser. 747++++ 1982 JUST SERVICED 3527
AU$ 11,234
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2186
IT
Rolex Submariner Date LV Jubiläum Mark VI Stahl Automatik 40mm...
Rolex Submariner Date LV Jubiläum Mark VI Stahl Automatik 40mm...
AU$ 15,575
Seller
Juwelier Ralf Häffner
384
DE
Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Index Dial 16613
Rolex Submariner Two Tone Blue Index Dial 16613
AU$ 9,995
Seller
Zaeger Pty Ltd
AU
Rolex 16610 Submariner Date SS NEW OLD STOCK Complete Collecto...
Rolex 16610 Submariner Date SS NEW OLD STOCK Complete Collecto...
AU$ 13,259
Seller
European Watch Company
64
US
Rolex Submariner Date Acc.oro, Steel and gold like Nos,come nuovo
Rolex Submariner Date Acc.oro, Steel and gold like Nos,come nuovo
AU$ 11,802
Seller
ROSSI OROLOGI s.r.l
26
IT
Rolex Submariner Ref. 1680 art. Rb894
Rolex Submariner Ref. 1680 art. Rb894
AU$ 12,116
Seller
Stroppiana SRL
223
IT
Rolex Submariner Blue Two Tone 18K/SS Blue Ceramic 116613LB
Rolex Submariner Blue Two Tone 18K/SS Blue Ceramic 116613LB
AU$ 16,072
Seller
Elegant Creations Inc
 
US
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16800 (RO3163)
Rolex VINTAGE Ref. 16800 (RO3163)
AU$ 10,858
Seller
Cavour Orologi Srl
75
IT
Rolex : Submariner Date :  116610 LN :  Stainless Steel :...
Rolex : Submariner Date : 116610 LN : Stainless Steel :...
AU$ 12,134
Seller
BernardWatch.com
141
US
Rolex Submariner No data 114060 nuovo  001
Rolex Submariner No data 114060 nuovo 001
AU$ 10,274
Seller
Plus Watch - Luxury Watches
2186
IT
Rolex stainless steel and 18k yellow gold Submariner
Rolex stainless steel and 18k yellow gold Submariner
AU$ 15,402
Seller
Paul Duggan Co., Inc
45
US
Rolex Submariner Two Tone Black Index Dial 116613 LN
Rolex Submariner Two Tone Black Index Dial 116613 LN
AU$ 13,995
Seller
Zaeger Pty Ltd
AU
Rolex Submariner Date Stainless Steel Gents 116610LN - W4272
Rolex Submariner Date Stainless Steel Gents 116610LN - W4272
AU$ 10,976
Seller
Xupes.com
58
UK
Rolex Submariner Date NEW Ref. 116610LN
Rolex Submariner Date NEW Ref. 116610LN
AU$ 12,352
Seller
Steiner Maastricht
63
NL
Rolex Submariner Date 18k Yellow Gold NEW UNWORN REF: 116618 bl
Rolex Submariner Date 18k Yellow Gold NEW UNWORN REF: 116618 bl
AU$ 37,501
Seller
Sea Wave Diamonds
72
US

The Rolex Submariner: The Diver's Friend

In 1953, the Swiss manufacturer Rolex introduced the Submariner, one of the first diving watches in the world. These watches, with rotating bezels, matte black dials, and water resistance up to 100 m, are highly coveted collector's items today.

Highlights

  • One of the first and most well-known diving watches in the world
  • Coveted collector's pieces: Red Sub and COMEX
  • High-quality chronometer: in-house calibers 3130 and 3135 (date)
  • Characteristic Rolex design with recognition value and prestige
  • Maintains value and has potential to appreciate

A Watch for Secret Agents and Racers

Experts were amazed when they first saw the Submariner. Rolex had presented a completely new kind of watch, one which continues to define the term "diving watch" today. The watch with reference number 6204 had oversized luminous second, minute, and hour hands, as well as luminous numbers and indexes, all against a matte black dial. The watch was presented with the slogan "Submariner - the diver's friend." The Submariner has traveled from Europe all the way to Hollywood. In the first James Bond film, Agent 007 wore a watch with reference number 6538, the so-called "James Bond Sub." It is not clear which watches Bond wears in the subsequent films. One exception is the Submariner with reference number 5513, which was auctioned off in November 2011. Roger Moore wore this model in the 1973 Bond film Live and Let Die. The author of the original novels, Ian Fleming, only mentions the Rolex Oyster Perpetual in one of his 14 books. Otherwise, he just refers to the brand. Since 1995, Bond has worn watches made by the Swiss manufacturer Omega in all of his film appearances.
Steve McQueen wasn't a secret agent, but the actor and racecar driver also relied on the sturdy and precise Submariner. In one photograph, he is clearly wearing a watch with reference number 5512. Revolutionary Che Guevara also relied on a Submariner. The watch is so much more than just a diving instrument; it complements everything from racing suits to tuxedos. Looking back at its long history, Rolex holds it to be the archetypal diving watch.

Buying Advice for the Rolex Submariner

If you're looking for a diving watch with serious recognition value, then the Rolex Submariner is the perfect choice for you. Its design is world famous and has remained consistent over the past decades. Newer models have been improved by changes such as ceramic Cerachrom bezels. The best mechanical movements worldwide tick away inside these timepieces. The calibers are robust, reliable, and incredibly precise. Purchasing a Submariner is an investment. Highly sought-after models only increase in value over the years. Used models in good or excellent condition go for 4,000 to 5,000 euros. New watches, on the other hand, cost around 6,000 euros. Bicolor stainless steel/18-karat yellow gold models start at around 20,000 euros. Coveted vintage models, such as the Red Sub with reference number 1680, vary in price depending on their condition. They can cost anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 euros, or more. The Submariner model produced for COMEX (Compagnie maritime d'expertises) is in the same price range. Well-kept models from the 1970s cost more than 100,000 euros.

Buying Tips

  • Introduction to the Submariner world starting at 4,000 euros (pre-owned) or 6,000 euros (new)
  • Bicolor versions available starting at 9,000 euros; 18-karat yellow gold versions starting at 20,000 euros
  • Coveted, rare vintage watches: Red Sub, Tropical Dial, COMEX
  • Waterproof to 300 m (30 bar)
  • Alternatives: Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 (1,220 m) and Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea (3,900 m) without Cyclops lens and with improved waterproofness

A Classic Design with Modern Technology

Today's Submariner models look almost the same as their predecessors. Over the years, the case has become bigger and a crown guard was added (1959) to protect screw-down crowns. In 1966, a version with a date indicator joined the collection. Other changes or additions to the watch have been small, such as polished armbands and cases, or blind lugs. Although the Submariner's design is from the 1950s, it remains a modern timepiece.
These automatic watches have meanwhile progressed to a water resistance of 300 m and feature rotating, scratch-resistant Cerachrom bezels with 120 clicks. The bezel can only be turned clockwise, which is a requirement for all modern diving watches. The bezel insert is made of Cerachrom ceramic, which is a particularly scratch resistant material. The zero marker, as well as the hour markers, are filled with the luminous material Chromalight. They glow blue and are more luminous than SuperLuminova, the material typically used in watches. Furthermore, the watchmakers have added platinum dusting to the numbers and indexes on the bezel. The hands are domed and made of gold, as are the index markers on the dial. Aside from the hour and minute hands, the second hand also has a luminous spot. Compared to earlier models, the sapphire glass barely sticks out; this makes the bezel better protected against jolts.
In total, the stainless steel Submariner weighs 150 g. The backside of the case, the bracelet, and the inner side of the folding safety clasps are all smooth. The Glidelock clasp adjusts the size of the bracelet in 2 mm increments and is slightly larger than in previous versions. Therefore, the watch can be worn directly on the wrist, as well as over diving suits. The clasp features a safety, ensuring it can't be opened accidentally.

Powered by Rolex Calibers 3135 and 3130

The Submariner with a Cyclops lens date indicator is run by the caliber 3135. The manufacturer has produced this caliber in Biel since 1989. It was designed to be a robust, highly accurate movement and is protected by a stainless steel case back. It still offers aesthetically pleasing details, however. The red aluminum crown wheel and the blue Parachrom hairspring stand out the most, while the sunburst on the winding rotor and the automatic bridge are more subtle. Models without a date indicator are powered by the caliber 3130. Both movements are classified as chronographs, seeing as they've passed the tests of the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute).
Both calibers are considered to be among the best in the watchmaking scene. Rolex optimized important components, such as the balance spring, thereby improving the overall accuracy of their watches. They achieved this by using an anti-magnetic alloy, which prevents the watch from being affected by magnetic fields. The special Breguet spiral allows the balance spring to "breathe" and improves its precision. Master watchmaker Abraham-Louis Breguet introduced this improvement to the balance spring in 1795. He raised its last coil, thereby reducing the curvature. The caliber is regulated via Microstella nuts, which are located on the inner side of the balance wheel. Unlike most mechanical movements, the watch is not adjusted using a regulator, but rather the Microstella system.

Technical Highlights

  • Chronometer-certified, in-house calibers 3130 and 3135 (date)
  • Calibers 3130 and 3135 are considered the best automatic calibers in the world
  • Anti-magnetic Parachrom hairspring with a Breguet overcoil
  • Quickset date feature and balance stop for setting the watch to the exact second
  • Microstella nuts for precision index adjustment

A Popular Collectible: The Red Sub

Some Rolex watches make collectors' hearts beat faster. The so-called Red Sub is one such highly sought-after collectible. Rolex produced the Submariner with reference number 1680 between 1967 and 1980. The name "Submariner" was written in red on the dial until 1974, thus earning it the nickname "Red Sub." One can distinguish a real Red Sub from a fake by examining the dial. Between 1967 and 1974, Rolex used six different dials, which were labeled Mark I to Mark VI. The biggest change occurred between Mark III and Mark IV. Experts call the Mark I to Mark III dials "meters first," because "200 m = 660 ft" is written on the dial. Beginning with Mark IV, the dials are known as "feet first," because the meter and feet measurements switch places. Mark I dials are the rarest versions of the Red Sub. They can be recognized by the closed sixes in "660 ft."
Further identifying features are the tropical dials that appear on the Mark II and Mark III. Due to exposure to direct sunlight, humidity, and heat over the years, the color of the dial and the bezel changed to brown. This most likely occurred due to a special color mixture used by the supplier at the time. These tropical dials are highly prized among collectors and increase in value with the intensity of the color change from white to yellow or brown. However, the color of the hands and indexes should be the same, as that is a sign of a true Rolex.
When buying a red Submariner, it's also important that the reference and serial numbers are readable. The manufacture date is also on the case back of earlier models and corresponds with the serial number.
Bold type numbers and indexes on the bezel indicate a genuine red Submariner. Later versions feature a thinner typeface. It is less important if there is a missing or damaged luminous point at the zero marker.
These vintage Submariners are powered by the automatic movement 1575, which also has a date indicator, unlike the 1570. The 1575 caliber also runs the Sea-Dweller with reference number 1665 and the GMT-Master with reference number 1675.

Success Since 1953

The Submariner has gone down in watchmaking history during the last six decades. It's developed into an icon and one of the most well-known watches in existence. The special Deepsea Challenge model even went to an impressive depth of nearly 12,000 m in the Mariana Trench in 2012 - the world record for a watch. The predecessor of the first Submariner, reference number 6200, was water resistant up to 100 m thanks to its distinctive Twinlock crown. It had a bi-directional bezel that allowed divers to keep track of the length of their dive quickly and easily with just one glance. The Swiss watch manufacturer Blancpain improved this bezel in 1953 with their Fifty Fathoms model. The bezel is unidirectional, meaning it can only be turned clockwise and therefore the dive time can only be shortened and never lengthened.
Rolex took the advice of René-Paul Jeanneret when designing the Submariner. The former Rolex director was an avid recreational diver and gave helpful suggestions for the dial, bezel, and case. The watch survived various tests and 132 dives to depths between 12 and 60 m. It even fell on a concrete dock from a height of two meters and continued to function. The only damage was the loss of a small part of the luminous material from one of the hands. The successor of the original Submariner was water resistant up to 200 m and was the official watch of the British, Australian, and Canadian marines.
The year 1953 was a special year for the watchmaking industry overall. In August, New Zealander Sir Edmund P. Hillary and the Sherpa Tenzing Norgay were the first men to reach the peak of Mt. Everest. An Oyster Perpetual from Rolex was with them on top of the mountain. Rolex had sponsored the expedition led by Colonel Sir John Hunt. The automatic watches were not simply gifts for the mountain climbers - they had been sent along in order to test their reliability and strength under harsh conditions. Sir Hillary sent his watch back to Geneva after the expedition with notes. Countless tests led to the creation of the Rolex Explorer, a watch for adventurers.