The really incredible thing about the world’s first dive watch is that the Rolex Submariner is a surprisingly versatile model. This sporty yet very elegant timepiece sure knows how to make a peerless transition from casual to formal wear. It looks incredibly stylish both on a diver’s suit and on an office suit. It is the quintessential Rolex watch, a modern design that becomes more popular and valuable by the day.
The Rolex Submariner 18 k yellow gold with model number 116618 was created in 2007 as the next step in the revolution of the Submariner collection. Qualitative and aesthetic innovations were added to the basic Submariner. The case was upgraded, the bracelet was improved and the bezel was transformed. Everything got better, bigger and bolder. And when this happened, the price also increased from $14,000-$22,000 to $25,000-$30,000. Because you see, the predecessor of the 116618 Submariner was the Rolex 16618 which was introduced in 1990 and was in production until 2010. This vintage model had an aluminum bezel, a flimsy bracelet and lugs with drilled holes. Even though Rolex no longer makes it there are still a few fans that are looking to get a pre-owned version of this watch as it is considered a rare collectible.
The 116618 is the contemporary version of the blue dial blue bezel 18 k yellow gold Submariner. This model is still in production and considering its popularity it won’t be replaced by a newer model any time soon. The watch has a larger look and a more distinctive allure on the wrist due to its increased lugs and crown guards. Even though the 18 k yellow gold case maintains its 40 mm diameter it appears ampler and sportier, a substantial change that contributes to the more modern design of the blue dial Submariner.
The watch comes with the Rolex patented Cerachrom bezel that is extremely elegant and durable. This blue cerachrom is actually a very hard ceramic that has been manufactured in a very unique way and improved by coating the graduations with a very thin layer of gold using a PVD process. By applying a final diamond polishing the bezel becomes extremely resistant to scratches, corrosion and ultraviolet rays. So it isn’t just that this blue and 18 k yellow gold unidirectional rotating bezel looks stunning next to the hypnotic blue dial and luxurious full gold case, but it is also revolutionary resistant.
The dial of the Rolex Submariner features a beautiful blue texture that reflects the sun rays gradually. This iridescent effect is an important part of its unique aesthetics. To offer maximum legibility, the watch comes with the Maxi-Dial. This is a special Rolex layout that includes over-sized hour markers and bulkier hands. The hour markers and hands are coated with SuperLuminova that shines with a blue light. Also, the date aperture is located at the 3 o’clock position and it is covered by a 2.5 Cyclops lens that offers a better glimpse of the date.
The bracelet of the Submariner reference # 116618 is manufactured from full 18 k yellow gold. The watch has the new and improved Oyster bracelet with solid center links, the Oysterlock clasp and the Glidelock system. Besides the fact that the band feels heavier and sturdier, it is also more functional as the innovative clasp is protected from accidental opening and offers the option of making it shorter or longer by 2 mm.
There are very few automatic movements on this globe as famous and reliable as the Rolex 3135 Calibre. This perpetual mechanism is at the inside of the Rolex Submariner with blue dial blue bezel and 18 k gold case. Due to its blue parachrom hairspring it offers maximum resistance to magnetic fields, temperature variations and shocks.
The Rolex Submariner 116618 is a superb blend of form and function. This highly popular model attracts with an endless design, innovative features and high precision. It has all the qualities one would expect from a luxury timepiece that has set the highest standards of modern watchmaking.