The Archetypal Diver’s Watch
The iconic Rolex Submariner was originally launched during scuba diving’s pioneering era in 1953. Technological advances inspired a generation to explore the uncharted depths of the sea. Human ingenuity enabled us to reach a larger expanse of the ocean than ever before. This classic continues to earn respect and garners a following thanks to its redesigned Oyster case with a distinctive blue dial, Cerachrom bezel, and solid link Oyster bracelet.
Trust the Precision of Submariner’s Superlative Chronometer
Rolex sets the benchmark high for mechanical watches. The green seal is a symbol that indicates a timepiece is recognized as a Superlative Chronometer. A series of rigorous laboratory tests hold the Submariner to a higher standard than required for official COSC certification. As a diving watch, testing is vital to ensure the chronometric precision of the cased-up movement. Whether it is used on a snorkeling adventure or during a deep dive, the Submariner is waterproof to 1,000 feet. Rolex is committed to pushing performance boundaries and setting standards for mechanical watches.
The Rolex Submariner is equipped with a Swiss chronometer known as the calibre 3135. It relies on a self-winding Perpetual movement developed and manufactured exclusively by Rolex. Only high-precision watches that clear the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute tests (COSC) earn designation as certified Swiss chronometers. A Parachrom hairspring helps maintain precision by offering protection against shock and temperature changes.
Turn Heads with Submariner’s Traditional or Sunburst Blue Dial
A distinctive blue dial with resized hands outlined in 18 ct yellow gold improves readability for the wearer and recognition by peers. 18 ct gold prevents tarnishing as it sets apart the luminous dot hour markers. The date is displayed using a Cyclops lens at the 3 o’clock position. The Chromalight display produces a blue glow that stays illuminated for up to eight hours. With double the power of standard luminescent materials, dark environments are no match for the Submariner. Whether underwater adventurers choose a traditional or sunburst blue dial, they can rest-assured that each dial is manufactured to the exacting standards demanded of a Rolex.
Vibrant Unidirectional Rotatable Bezel
In 2005, Rolex began to manufacture timepieces with extremely hard ceramic bezels known as Cerechrom bezels. Between the Cerachrom bezel insert and the monobloc bezel, the Submariner is sure to remain free of corrosion as it maintains its vibrant colors. Sunlight, sea water and chlorine are but nuisances kept at bay by the virtually scratch proof bezel. Rolex pushed boundaries once again by coating the numerals and graduations with yellow gold. No measure is too extreme when dealing with the design of such an iconic diver’s watch.
The rotatable bezel of the Submariner provides a crucial function during underwater exploration. The zero marker is marked with a luminescent capsule to ensure legibility in dark underwater environments. Knurled edges allow divers to grip and manipulate the bezel, even when wearing gloves. The bezel is engraved with 60-minute graduations. Divers count on this precision to monitor both diving time and decompression stops.
As part of its commitment to excellence, Rolex added Rolesor to its list of achievements in the early 1930s. The Oyster collection takes advantage of the strength and reliability of steel while calling on the regality and lustre of 18 ct gold. Yellow Rolesor is the harmonious combination of 904L steel and 18 ct yellow gold trademarked by Rolex in 1833.
Oyster Bracelet Perfection
The Oyster bracelet is an aesthetically pleasing combination of form and function. An Oysterlock clasp ensures the Submariner will stay in place, even in challenging underwater environments. Glidelock is a feature that allows fine adjustments in band size without the use of additional tools. Whether adjustments are made for use over a diving suit or to improve comfort, it is an ingenious addition to the Oyster bracelet.
History of Reliability
The Oyster case is thus named due to its similarities to an oyster shell that is clamped shut. A screw-down back, bezel, and winding crown form watertight seals. The design was tested a year after it was invented by Rolex. In 1927, a Rolex Oyster worn by Mercedes Gleitze survived more than 10 hours in the English Channel. Rolex solidified its influence in the diving community as pioneered technological advances that became the industry standard for luxury watches. Any watch that has survived the test of time while continuing to push the boundaries of innovation like the Submariner is a worthy investment.