Rolex is a symbol for a certain lifestyle and not just a watchmaker. The brand is a legend and its watches are the foundation of an industry that offers ideals, value, quality and dreams. Rolex is one of the few brands that can actually offer all of these and much more. Through iconic watches such as the Submariner it has changed everything a wristwatch used to represent. Now, a timepiece is a beautiful and sophisticated instrument that offers unrivaled functionality.
The Submariner collection was introduced in 1953 and it was the first dive timepiece ever created. The innovations it presented were truly revolutionary. Its superior resistance to water pressure, the high legibility of the dial, the utility of the date function and the unidirectional rotating bezel that was able to measure elapsed dive time were just a few of the things that turned it into one of the most desired timepiece of the last six decades. Another detail that has continuously cultivated fans’ interest into this design was the brand’s efforts to diversify its looks and improve the quality. Still, out of the numerous Submariner versions that were launched on the market, one differentiates itself as a very modern and chic sporty watch with a beautiful dressy touch. This is the Submariner 116618 with a black dial black bezel and a full 18 k yellow case.
Rolex is acknowledged as the company that has invented the water sealed watch case, patented as the Oyster case. For this reason, every watch they produce has the Oyster name printed on the dial. It is a symbol that the case is completely water resistant. Of course, the Submariner is far more than just another water proofed timepiece. It is a diver model that can submerge to depths of 300 meters without being affected by the pressure changes. This is because its elegantly designed 40 mm 18 k yellow gold case comes with a sealed scratch proof sapphire crystal, a screw in case back and a triple lock winding crown system. These components are the result of extensive water resistance researches that ensure that the watch is completely sealed just as a submariner is when it dives into the ocean.
The dial of the 116618 is a statement of understated refinement. Its matte black surface is a very inspired aesthetic choice as it creates a splendid contrast with the white markers and hands making reading the time incredibly easy. The maxi-dial layout is a detail that enhances the readability of the watch face. The hands and hour markers have been increased and covered with SuperLuminova to provide better legibility under water or during night time. This patented lume brights with a blue light that is unique on the market. There is also a date aperture located at 3 o’clock which is really easy to see due to its 2.5X Cyclops lens included in the sapphire crystal.
When you are diving in the ocean you need to know the elapsed dive time and a stylish watch as the Rolex Submariner is just the perfect instrument for this mission. Its unidirectional rotating blue Cerachrom bezel isn’t just impressively beautiful and durable, but also highly functional. It counts the time you spend under water without the risk of accidentally increasing the time instead of decreasing it. The small white dot located at 12 o’clock on the bezel offers improved legibility.
The Rolex Submariner is equipped with one of the most renowned automatic movements ever created. The Rolex 3135 Calibre is the perpetual movement that is used by the brand for all its Submariner models. This mechanism is very durable and precise, just the right set of qualities you would expect from a dive watch.
The Submariner case is fitted with a 18 k yellow gold Oyster bracelet that has full solid three rows links that have been beautifully brushed on the exterior and elegantly polished in the center. This textural mix enhances the versatility of the watch, making it perfect both for casual and formal attires. The bracelet also comes with the patented clasp that has Oysterlock and Glidelock systems. This means that it doesn’t accidentally open and that its length can be adjusted by 2 mm.
Being the first dive watch, the Submariner has a reputation to keep. Every change brought to this uniquely famous timepiece has been carefully considered so that it preserves its core qualities while boosting its qualitative and aesthetical value. The brand’s efforts have paid off as the Rolex Submariner is still one of the most sought-after and appreciated watches around.