A Simple History of Rolex Submariner

 A Simple History of Rolex Submariner

Photo 1: 1993 Rolex Submariner ref 14060

Simple History of Rolex Submariner

Phase 1: Oyster case

Rolex launched the oyster case in 1926. This water proof case laid the foundation for the development of Rolex's own diver watch.


Phase 2: Launch of 6XXX series since 1953

27 years after the oyster case, Rolex launched the Turn-O-Graph ref 6202. This watch have a turntable bezel with 60 minutes record. It's outlook is basically a diver watch. Some critics may say this is NOT the 1st Rolex Submariner. Then several models of 6XXX were launched till 1958/59.


Phase 3: 55XX series

About 1958/59,Rolex started the 55XX series. Amongst them, 5512 and 5513 are very common. These two models continued till 1989.


Phase 4: Submariner with date, ref 1680

About 1969, a Submariner with date ref 1680 was launched. It was produced till 1979. Then come in ref  16800 until 1989.


Phase 5: 4 digits ref was replaced by 5 digits ref

1979 come in the 5 digits ref 16800. About 1988/89, all submariners changed to use 5 digits ref: 14060, 16610 and 16613, etc..


Phase 6: 5 digits ref was replaced by 6 digits ref

Rolex launched 116610LN in 2010. 114060 was out in 2012.


The above is just a simple history of Rolex Submariner by time frame. If considered the change of dials, case, band and movements, etc., that would be a book of encyclopedia size!! No rush, start the adventure of vintage watch 1st. Then, absorb those historical knowledge bit by bit. That is the fun side of the game!

Photo 2: Watch leg lines (WLL) as a tool for case condition judgment

Photo 2b: WLL and braised lines on watch leg surface

Condition always is the prime consideration for buying in a vintage watch.  WLL is a good reference for case condition judgment. Photo 2b shows a near perfect WLL. Braised lines on the leg are neatly arranged. These indicators tell the case condition is very good to excellent.

Just a few simple photos and text, readers know more interesting vintage watch information in a short time.  This is my designed aim for my ebook "DT Vintage Watch Photo Guide". Helping readers to master skills in  evaluating vintage watch condition with high efficiency and funs.

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