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Submariner

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A watch that could survive 100 meters underwater? The concept was unthinkable in 1953, when Rolex introduced what would become the benchmark for a diver’s watch, the Submariner, at the international watch and jewelry fair in Basel, Switzerland. By this point, Rolex was well-versed in durable timepieces; it had released the Oyster, the world’s first waterproof watch, in 1926. The Submariner — full name: Oyster Perpetual Submariner — would go on to become not only a technical feat but also a decade-spanning status symbol.

Technically, the Submariner watch is defined by its scratch-resistant, ceramic, rotatable bezel, which allows for optimal accuracy even deep underwater and bears a knurled rim for ease of adjustment with diving gloves. Later versions of the timepiece are waterproof to 300 meters — although most fans of the watch, content to sport the timepiece on solid ground, will likely never test that capability.

The Submariner’s most famous star turn, perhaps, is its association with one famous fictional spy. In playing the role of James Bond, Sean Connery sported a reference 6538 in several of the series’ films. George Lazenby, Roger Moore and Timothy Dalton would go on to wear subsequent models of the Submariner in their respective portrayals of the secret agent.

Connery’s Submariner loyalty in the early Bond films correlated with the watch’s move from diving accoutrement to widely coveted accessory. Other well-known Submariner admirers have included rock legend and watch aficionado Eric Clapton as well as Steve McQueen, Al Pacino and even Che Guevara. In 2016, GQ magazine dubbed the Rolex wristwatch “the male engagement ring” and recognized the Submariner as “the most primally loved” of the brand’s models

Given the numerous versions of Submariner that Rolex has produced since 1953, variations are plentiful.

The first Submariners were manufactured in stainless steel. Since then, Rolex has added versions in yellow gold as well as a mix of its “Oystersteel” — a high-quality stainless steel produced in-house at the watchmaker — and yellow gold. Other modifications relate to the dial’s characteristics or the style of the hands: Modern Submariners bear the name “Submariner” on their dials, although not all early models do. (Some attribute this to an unforeseen trademark issue.) Pre-1965 models have dials printed in gold, while those produced since then are white. The hands of later models are shaped in the decorative cathedral style as opposed to the slender pencil-style hands of the early models. Details aside, Submariners of all eras bear an undeniable allure. Who, after all, wouldn’t want to wear the same timepiece as James Bond?

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1997 Rolex Submariner Date 18K Gold and Stainless Steel Automatic Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bradford, Ontario
A 1997 Rolex Sabmariner Date 18K Gold and Stainless Steel automatic wristwatch. A classic watch that has the heritage of being a divers watch and the history of the Oyster Perpetual ...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Oyster Women’s, Oyster steel Preowned Custom Wrist Watch
By Rolex
Located in Florence, IT
Manufacturer: Rolex Model number: 114060 Model: Submariner Model Case: Oyster Diameter: 40 mm Material: Oyster steel Bezel: Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, custo...
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21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel, Steel

Rolex Submariner 0 16610LV Men Stainless Steel 0 Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002950 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 16610LV Age: 2011 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Booklet, Cardholder, Swing Ta...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Mens Oyster Model 116610
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
The Oyster Perpetual Submariner is a reference among divers’ watches; it is the watch that unlocked the deep. Launched in 1953, the Submariner was the first divers’ wristwatch waterp...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner 5512/5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Vintage Rolex Submariner 5512/5513 Men's Watch in Stainless Steel SKU: 100780 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Rolex Model: Submariner Country of Origin: Switzerland Movement Type: Mechanic...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Black Bezel Wrist Watch Ref 114060
By Rolex
Located in Florence, IT
This Rolex Submariner 41mm black bezel wrist watch is set in an solid-link Oyster steel bracelet. Unisex the Rolex boasts an unidirectional rotatable bezel with luminescent hour mar...
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1990s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex GMT Master II Wristwatch Certified
By Rolex
Located in Geneva, CH
Rolex GMT-Master II "Rootbeer" (126711CHNR) self - winding automatic watch, features a 40mm stainless steel case with an 18k Everose gold, black and tan Cerachrom "Rootbeer" bezel su...
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2010s More Jewelry

Materials

18k Gold, Rose Gold, Steel

Rolex Submariner Steel 18K Yellow Gold Blue Dial Automatic Watch 126613LB
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
Unworn Rolex Submariner 41mm Steel 18K Yellow Gold Blue Dial Automatic Watch 126613LB. This Beautiful Timepiece Features: Stainless Steel Case with a Two-Town Stainless Steel Rolex O...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex, Submariner, 18 Karat Gold and Steel, 16613, Men’s, 1992
By Rolex
Located in Braintree, GB
Rolex - Submariner - 16613 - Men - 1992 Gender: Men Model : Oyster Perpetual Date - Submariner Case Diameter : 40 mm Movement: Automatic Watchband Material: 18K Gold & Steel Case ma...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Rolex Submariner 16808 18 Karat Yellow Gold Black Gilt Nipple Dial Very Rare
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 16808 Serial: 9764*** Model: Submariner Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold Band: 18K Yellow Gold Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Sapphire Crystal Case Size: 40mm Includes:...
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Vintage 1980s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Rolex Submariner Rare Red Writing Meters First Mark I Dial 1680
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A 40 mm rare vintage Submariner Date in stainless steel by Rolex. The 1680 was the third Submariner produced by Rolex. Featuring a matte black Mark I dial distinguished by the 200m c...
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20th Century Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Black Dial 126613LN
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
Rolex Submariner Date 126613LN men watch. Features a yellow case and oyster bracelet which is a combination of oyster steel and 18 ct yellow gold. The unidirectional rotating bezel h...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date Blue Dial Model 116613LB
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
40mm stainless steel case, 18K yellow gold unidirectional rotatable bezel with blue Cerachrom disc, blue dial, and stainless steel and 18K yellow gold Oyster bracelet with Glidelock ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

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Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

2018 Rolex Submariner Hercules Custom Stainless Steel 114060 Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
Contemporary 2018 Rolex Submariner Hercules Custom Stainless Steel 114060 Wristwatch * *Complete with: Box, Manuals & Guarantee dated 26th March 2018 *Case Size: 40mm *Strap: Bla...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Red Submariner 1680 Stainless Steel Submariner Service Paper, 1971
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1680 Serial: 2771*** Year: 1971 Model: RED Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Acrylic Case Size: ...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Hulk Green Dial Bezel Watch 116610LV
By Rolex
Located in Great Neck, NY
Watch comes with box and name card. Also has original tags. Original sticker on back. Excellent condition. Like new.
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2010s Wrist Watches

NEW Rolex Sea Dweller 16600 Y Series 2002 Wristwatch Full Set
By Rolex
Located in Switzerland, CH
A collector's dream! One of the most demanded Rolex watches, this model has been discontinued and will only go up in value! Brandnew and complete Plastic cover on dial still attached...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Stainless Steel Submariner James Bond Big Crown Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in London, GB
A Very Rare Stainless Steel Submariner Vintage Gents Wristwatch, original tropical gilt dial with hour markers, a stainless steel bi-directional bezel with a black bezel insert, a st...
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Vintage 1950s Wrist Watches

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Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Date 18 Karat Gold
By Rolex
Located in Bradford, Ontario
Rolex Submariner Date in 18K Gold and Steel. Selling this watch is going to be difficult. I did purchase it to resell but then stupidly, I put it on. It fit perfectly and well, it i...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 'Hulk' Ref. 116610LV Stainless Steel
By Rolex
Located in Miami, FL
Brand: Rolex Model Name: Submariner “Hulk” Model Number: 116610LV Movement: Automatic Case Shape: Round Case Size: 40 mm Dial: Green Bezel: Ceramic Crystal: Sapphire Crystal...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 Stainless Steel 1973 Unpolished Matte Dial Mint
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1680 Serial: 3934*** Year: 1973 Model: Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Acrylic Case Size: 40mm...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage RED Rolex Submariner 1680 Stainless Steel 1973 Mark VI Dial 1973
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Mark VI Dial- Closed 6's Style Number: 1680 Serial: 3816*** Year: 1973 Model: RED LETTER Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bez...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Non Date Gilt Gloss Meters First Stainless Steel 5513
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Ref: COM2279 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Ref: 5513 Age: Circa 1965 Gender: Mens Complete With: Box, Cigarette Card & Booklets Dial: Black Other Glass: Plexiglass Mov...
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Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

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Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner, ref. 5513 Underline Gold Graphics 1963
By Rolex
Located in milano, IT
Rare and wonderful self-winding Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner from 1963. This gorgeous wristwatch is truly enchanting, it has the dial, black and with underline gold graphics, th...
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Vintage 1960s Modern Wrist Watches

Vintage Rolex Submariner 1680 Nipple Dial Service Papers 18 Karat Gold Mint
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1680 Serial: 5257*** Year: 1978 Model: Submariner Case Material: 18K Yellow Gold Band: 18K Yellow Gold Bezel: Black Dial: Black Nipple Dial...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold

Brandon Webb Rolex Submariner Diver's Wristwatch
By Rolex
Located in Hicksville, NY
Rolex Submariner Date Oyster Perpetual Chronometer Diver's Wristwatch Beauty, Brains, Balls and a How-To Manual all in one Package! Own a piece of history with this Iconic Rolex in...
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Late 20th Century Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Green 50th Anniversary Edition M16610LV
By Rolex
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Beautiful condition Rolex Submariner Date with Green Anniversary Edition Bezel. 40mm Stainless Steel case. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Black dial with Superluminova hands ...
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Early 2000s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Vintage Red Rolex Submariner 1680 Original Dial Complete Box & Papers, 1970
By Rolex
Located in San Diego, CA
Style Number: 1680 Serial: 2936*** Year: 1970 Model: RED Letter Submariner Case Material: Stainless Steel Band: Stainless Steel Bezel: Black Dial: Black Face: Acrylic Cas...
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Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 116618 Blue on Blue 18 Karat Yellow Gold Automatic Men's Watch
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 116618 bl is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by an automatic movement which is cased in a yellow gold case. It has a round shape face, dat...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Steel Ceramic Black Dial Automatic Men's Watch 114060
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 114060 is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by an automatic movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round shape face, no...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex 114060 Submariner No Date Ceramic Bezel Automatic Watch
By Rolex
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Company - Rolex Model - Submariner Case Metal - Stainless Steel Case Size - 40mm Dial - Black No Date Bezel - Black Ceramic Bracelet - Stainless Steel - Fits Wrist Size - 7 1/2" Crys...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Black on Black Steel Ceramic Automatic Men's Watch 116610LN
By Rolex
Located in New York, NY
This pre-owned Rolex Submariner 116610LN is a beautiful men's timepiece that is powered by a mechanical (automatic) movement which is cased in a stainless steel case. It has a round ...
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2010s Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Date Steel Two-Tone Gold Black Dial Ceramic Watch 116613LN
By Rolex
Located in Aventura, FL
Rolex Submariner Date 116613LN men watch. Features a yellow case and oyster bracelet which is a combination of oyster steel and 18 ct yellow gold. The unidirectional rotating bezel h...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modernist Wrist Watches

Materials

Gold, Steel

Rolex Submariner 0 16610 Men Stainless Steel Comex Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002606 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 16610 Age: 1997 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box, Manuals & Guarantee. Also Accom...
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1990s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Two-Tone Date Watch 116613LB
By Rolex
Located in Southampton, PA
This Rolex Submariner Oyster Perpetual Datejust 40 mm Watch, reference number 116613LB, features an oystersteel case measuring 40 mm in diameter and includes a bright blue and gold r...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Materials

18k Gold, Yellow Gold, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner 0 5513 Men Stainless Steel Gilt Explorer "Kissing L" Dial Watch
By Rolex
Located in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire
"Xupes Reference: COM002874 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Variant: 0 Model Number: 5513 Age: 1963 Gender: Men Complete With: Rolex Box Dial: Black Quarter Arabic Glass:...
Category

Vintage 1960s Wrist Watches

Materials

Steel, Stainless Steel

Rolex Submariner Men's Stainless Steel Watch 114060
By Rolex
Located in Dallas, TX
Rolex Submariner Men's Stainless Steel Watch 114060 - Automatic winding, 31 jewels. Stainless steel case with black ceramic bezel insert (40mm diameter). Black dial with luminous sty...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wrist Watches

Rolex Submariner Stainless Steel 1680
By Rolex
Located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire
Reference: COM1643 Manufacturer: Rolex Model: Submariner Model Reference: 1680 Age: Circa 1970 Gender: Men's Box and Papers: Box and Service Papers Dial: Black Glass: Plexiglass Move...
Category

Vintage 1970s Wrist Watches

Materials

Stainless Steel