Rolex is probably the only mechanical watch brand that could be named by just about everyone. There is one watch you could confidently identify as a Rolex at first glance. You might not know the model name, but the Submariner’s no-nonsense, timeless design is so emblematic, it couldn’t possibly be associated with anyone else.
Since its launch in 1954, the Rolex Submariner is one of the most iconic timepieces ever created. Its six-decade journey has taken it from being the last word in essential equipment for professional divers to the ultimate symbol of robust refinement and understated luxury. Before Daniel Craig’s 007 made the switch to Omega, the Rolex Submariner made an appearance in eleven Bond films. It was also the superspy’s watch of choice in Fleming’s original novels, being used as a knuckle-duster on more than one occasion when he really didn’t want an adversary standing up again in a hurry.
While there are currently plenty of gold and two-tone Rolex Submariner models, originally, the iconic diver was only available in steel. Only later did Rolex introduce new materials to the Submariner collection in an effort to enhance the luxuriousness of the watch. All in all, your basic black Submariner model in steel is the go-to piece for the majority of Rolex lovers. The 40mm wide steel case is a good middle-ground size, and its style works well with anything from a tuxedo to a t-shirt. Immensely popular, the only bad thing we can say about the Submariner is that you won’t be the only person in the room to have one. New or vintage, UK replica watches are solid choices.
Traditionally, the Rolex Submariner is a dive watch without a date complication. Although nearly every Submariner that Rolex currently produces is now fitted with a date display at the 3 o’clock position, the Submariner line has its roots in straightforward, time-only dive instruments. The first question you should ask yourself is whether you want a date or a no-date Submariner. Fans of a more symmetrical look opt for a no-date Submariner, preferring the uncluttered look of the dial. However, others appreciate the practicality a date feature brings to the table. It’s also worth noting that non-date Submariners are typically less expensive. Non-date Submariner models include the ref. 14060, the ref. 14060m, and the ref. 114060.