Elegant, luxurious and sophisticated, the Rolex Submariner with black dial black bezel and gold bracelet is the diver’s watch that dares you to test your limits. Both in terms of aesthetics and functionality, the timepiece impresses with remarkable features. Its long history and strong personality define it as a model suitable for stylish and unique characters that value timeless grace more than changing trends.
The Submariner 16618 was first launched in 1986 and it is still being produced as its demand has continued to increase over the decades. Given the fact that the Submariner is a considerably sporty timepiece with a mostly utilitarian function it is not difficult to understand why a full gold version has become so popular among diving enthusiasts. The luxury touch it offers is the key ingredient for conquering a niche that was reserved to those who like to mix business with pleasure.
It is a well-known fact that Rolex doesn’t like change. The brand prefers to remain true to its original style and technical coordinates. Therefore its models have suffered little upgrades and the 16618 gold Submariner is no exception. This design has debuted with the notorious Rolex calibre 3135 movement and as to this date it still has the same in-house self-winding movement that features a quick-set calendar function and is fitted with 31 jewels. Nevertheless, connoisseurs understand why the brand decided to preserve this mechanism. Its reliability and precision are hard to outmatch even by the most modern and revolutionary mechanisms available on the market.
The matte black dial of the watch creates a nice contrast with the glossy ceramic bezel and the scratch resistant sapphire crystal. The high readability of the model is possible due to the use of Superluminova material on the hour markers and hands. This luminescent material was introduced in the late ‘90s when it replaced the outdated tritium dials. For those who are not familiar with this lume, tritium was a radioactive substance used between 1963 and 1997 for the hour markers and hands as it had the ability to glow in the dark for 15 years without ever needing to be charged. Another feature that is meant to improve the readability of the dial is the 2.5X Cyclops lens over the date that has an anti-reflective coating.
The gold Submariner is available in two dial and bezel colors, blue and black. These are stunningly decorated with lapis lazuli semiprecious stones, blue sapphires or diamonds, and accentuated by Superluminova coating. This special detail augments the elegance and extravagance of the timepiece. Possibly, the Rolex Submariner 16618 is one of the most distinguished and luxurious diving watch ever made.
The Oyster case of the watch is manufactured entirely from full gold and it measures 40 mm in diameter. To accentuate the refinement of the model, the apparently simple and sleek case comes with a nice blend between finely polished surfaces and casual looking brushed ones. This charming textural play is complemented by the addition of a black ceramic sporty bezel with a 18 k yellow gold ratched base that rotates only in one direction, anti-clockwise. Furthermore, the watch features the triplock winding crown which completely seals the watch, allowing its wearer to dive with it to depths of 300 meters.
You got to be a skillful artisan like Rolex to pull off an all gold diving watch such as the Submariner 16618. This sporty time keeping device with amazing precision and functionality is at the same time incredibly extravagant and elegant. With carefully studied forms and aesthetic details, the watch invites the modern Rolex fan to dive in one of the most stylish horological adventures of our times.