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The Rolex Submariner

Rolex 50th Anniversary Submariner

The Rolex Submariner is one of the most popular models of Rolex watches. Originally released in 1953 the Rolex Submariner is highly sought after because of its robust design. With its redesigned oyster styled case, rotatable Cerachrom bezel with luminescent large hour markers and solid link oyster band it is a favorite for watch collectors as well as first time Rolex owners. Over the past few years the Rolex sports models such as the Submariner have become increasingly popular especially in the pre-owned Rolex market. The Rolex Submariner comes in a variety of metals such as stainless steel, 2 tone stainless steel and 18k gold as well as the iconic 18k solid gold model. As well as the metal combinations the Rolex Submariner also comes in a variety of bezel and dial combinations that have granted many of them special nick names by collectors. A few of these styles are known as “The Hulk” and “The Kermit” to name a couple. 

Rolex Gents Submariner

The Rolex submariner is a favorite of divers and the sailing community. The screw down crown and high water resistance make it the perfect choice for divers and sailing enthusiasts.  On September 30,1953 Professor Auguste Piccard & his son Jacques piloted their new bathyscaphe to a world record depth of 10,335 feet. The watch that accompanied them, the Rolex Submariner. This watch was attached to the outside of their craft.  At this depth the Submariner was subjected to 600 atmospheres or 2 tons of pressure per square inch. To everyone’s surprise after 2 1/4 grueling hours the watch returned in the same condition it left in marking it as the world first true water proof watch. The Submariner quickly became Rolex’s pride an joy.

Rolex Submariner Specifications

Oyster, 40 mm, steel. steel and gold, or solid 18k gold
Monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown
40 mm
904L steel

Steel and 18K Gold

18K Solid Gold

Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding
3135, Manufacture Rolex
-2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Centre hour, minute and seconds hands. Instantaneous date with rapid setting. Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
Bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Approximately 48 hours

Unidirectional rotatable 60-minute graduated, scratch-resistant Cerachrom insert in ceramic, numerals and graduations coated in platinum
Screw-down, Triplock triple waterproofness system
Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date
Waterproof to 300 metres / 1,000 feet

Oyster, flat three-piece links
904L steel
Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Rolex Glidelock extension system

Highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence
Superlative Chronometer (COSC + Rolex certification after casing)


Rolex Submariner Model Numbers by production date

Model #

  • 6200
  • 6204
  • 6205
  • 6536
  • 6536/1
  • 6538/A
  • 6538
  • 5508
  • 5510
  • 5512
  • 5513
  • 5513/17
  • 5514
  • 5517
  • 1680
  • 16800
  • 168000
  • 16610
  • 14060
  • 14060M
  • 11610LV


Production Years

  • 1955
  • 1953
  • 1953-1957
  • 1954-1958
  • 1955-1961
  • 1957
  • 1958-1961
  • 1958-1965
  • 1959
  • 1959-1978
  • 1962-1990
  • 1972-1978
  • 1972-1978
  • 1972-1978
  • 1966-1981
  • 1977-1987
  • 1987
  • 1987-2010
  • 1990-2002
  • 2002-2012
  • 2003-2010

Ace Watch Estate Watch and Jewelry Buyers is not affiliated with Rolex U.S.A. Ace Watch Estate Watch and Jewelry Buyers is an independent watch dealer and provides its own warranty on all watches sold. Rolex U.S.A. is under no obligation to warranty any watch sold by Ace Watch Estate Watch and Jewelry Buyers. Ace Watch Estate Watch and Jewelry buyers exclusively sells pre-owned Rolex Watches. While we do have Rolex watches that have never been worn they are still classified as “pre-owned”,