The launching of the Submariner in 1953 marked the beginning of an enduring classic and favorite in the Rolex watch family. The Submariner collection is one of the more popular from the top-tier brand. The Submariner set the standard and paved the way for other Rolex watches to follow like the Sea Dweller and the Deepsea, although it is by far the brand’s most famous diving watch – appropriately coined “the reference among divers’ watches”.
Rolex Submariner reference numbers include: 6200, 6204, 6205, 6536, 6538, 6536/1, A/6538, 5508, 5510, 5512, 5513, 5517, 5514, 1680, 16800, 16803, 168000, 16610, 14060, 14060M, 16613, 16618, 116610, 16610LV, 116610, 116610LV, 116613, 116613LB, 116618LN, 116618LB, 116619, 124060, 126613LB, 126613LN, 126619LN, 126618LN, 126618LB, 126610LN, 126610LV
The Submariner was famously featured and worn by James Bond in multiple films. He first wore a Submariner 6538 in three consecutive films – the 1962 film Dr. No, the 1963 film From Russia with Love, and the 1964 film Goldfinger. He then wore a Submariner 5513 in the 1973 film Live and Let Die, the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun, and the 1977 film The Spy Who Loved Me. He later wore a Submariner 16610 in the 1989 film License to Kill.
Other notable celebrities and well-known figures who have sported Submariners, both in the past and presently, include actors – Steve McQueen, Al Pacino, Brad Pitt, Tom Hardy, and Robert Downey Jr., musicians – Slash from Guns N’ Roses, Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Adam Levine, and Queen Latifah.
As suggested by its name, the Submariner was originally created and specifically geared for the purpose of underwater diving and exploring. Characteristic features, such as its water resistance, durability, and overall performance have continued to evolve and improve over the years. When the Submariner first emerged, its diving depth capability of 100 meters took the diving world by storm. Since then, it has tripled its maximum diving depth to a remarkable 300 meters. The Submariner Date models feature a magnified “cyclops” date window that lets wearers know the current date. The Submariner was also the first Rolex model to be fitted with a crown guard, an improvement exclusive to the brand that added to the watch’s protection and ruggedness and made it that much more waterproof and shockproof than its predecessors.
FAQs about the Submariner
Q: How much is a Rolex Submariner?
A: The range of retail prices for the recently released 2020 Submariners and Submariner Dates range quite a bit – with the least expensive being the Submariner 124060 at $8100 and the most expensive being the Submariner Date 126619LB at $39,650 – retail prices. Below is a list of the current retail prices for the 2020 releases:
124060 – $8,100 retail
126613LN – $14,300 retail
126613LB – $14,300 retail
126610LN – $9,150 retail
126610LV – $9,550 retail
126618LN – $36,950 retail
126618LB – $36,950 retail
126619LB – $39,650 retail
That being said, market prices for Submariners can also range quite a bit and differ significantly from the retail price. For example, the Submariner 11610LN can range from the official price of $8513 to its retail price at $12,180. Depending on watch exclusivity, market prices can even go well above retail. For example, the Submariner 11610LV “Hulk” is priced at $9060 retail, but due to its rarity, it can cost up to $16,000 nowadays to find one in the market. Vintage Submariners can have a big price variation as well, with the older and more exclusive models costing the most – like the Submariner 5513, which is priced at around $17,300.
Q: How to tell if a Rolex Submariner is real?
A: Rolex is one of the most counterfeited watch brands and products in the luxury world. As such, it’s absolutely essential to be confident you’re purchasing from a trusted and reliable source when buying any Rolex, especially a pre-owned watch. Knowing some basic pointers of how to spot a fake Rolex will also come in handy when in the market for a pre-owned Rolex watch.
Q: How to wind a Rolex Submariner?
A: To manually wind a Rolex Submariner, you will first need to completely unscrew the winding crown and then turn it several times – clockwise direction. You will need to turn it a minimum of 25 times for adequate partial winding. After that, the watch will then automatically wind whenever it is worn on the wrist.