If there is a quintessential diving watch then this is certainly the Submariner. Being the first dive wristwatch ever created, the model has had over 60 years of continuous innovation for creating an unparalleled legacy and identity for itself. Now, the contemporary Submariner offers a series of design and technical novelties that encapsulate the essence of watchmaking excellence.
Since it made its debut in 1953, the legendary Submariner has fascinated and intrigued the industry with its versatility. This sophisticated timepiece has the stunning ability of transiting from casual to formal in an instance. One of the most recent changes brought to the Submariner collection was the launch of the reference #116619. This model is unique among its family due to the fact that it is entirely manufactured from 18 k white gold whereas its siblings are made from stainless steel or yellow gold. Rolex also gave it a touch of uniqueness when it decided to introduce it at the Baselworld 2008 show when the brand turned 100 years.
The look of the Rolex Submariner 116619 suggests luxury, distinction and subtle elegance. And all these key qualities are possible due to the rich use of 18 k white gold. This precious material serves for manufacturing its 40 mm diameter case that is brilliantly brushed on its entire surface, a detail that brings a nice touch of casual refinement. With longer lugs and ampler crown guards, the case has a sportier and bulkier appearance that matches the overall bold look of the Submariner. The solid screw in case back is made from the same white gold while the triple lock winding crown system tightly seals the case to prevent water from entering inside. The watch is waterproofed to 300 meters.
Around the outside of the dial there is the patented Rolex Cerachrom bezel in blue color. This special type of bezel isn’t just aesthetical unique, but also very resistant and functional. Cerachrom is actually a particular ceramic material that is enhanced with a specific hardness that makes it impervious to scratches, wear and tear, water and light deterioration or other external agents.
The dial is another brilliant element of the Submariner reference 116619. This stunning deep blue dial is decorated with rounded diamond markers that have been outlined by 18 k white gold. These precious markers are used only for the 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10 and 11 o’clock hours. The 12 o’clock is represented by a white triangle while the 6 and 9 are thick white batons. At 3 o’clock we have a date window with a 2.5X magnifying lens. The hands and indexes are thicker than on the classic Submariner versions. This is because this new model has the Maxi-Dial which also offers the particularity of having the markers and hands coated with SuperLuminova which emits a blue light in dark environments.
The white gold Submariner with diamond markers comes with the in-house 3135 Calibre. This automatic movement is acknowledged as one of the most reliable and durable calibres on the market, perfect for boosting a diving watch. The movement has 31 jewels and a blue Parachrom hairspring that grant superior accuracy and resistance to magnetism, shocks and temperature changes.
The white gold Oyster bracelet provides some of the most captivating novelties. First of all, the band features three rows. The outer ones are brushed while the middle one is polished. All the links are solid white gold and not hallow. This augments the bracelet’s durability. Secondly, the clasp is similarly innovative. It offers the Oysterlock and the Glidelock system. The Oysterlock means that the clasp closes securely without the risk of being opened by mistake whereas the Glidelock represents its ability of increasing or decreasing by 2 mm.
The Rolex Submariner is a legendary timepiece with an impressive heritage. It is the watch that everyone would proudly wear on his wrist. Out of its many design variations, the Submariner 116619 brings the most elegance, luxury and distinction. It is the model that marks a new era in the evolution of the modern diving watch.