The Rolex Submariner 14060m is the watch forgotten by time. The aesthetics of this timepiece evokes the spirit of the first Submariner models released by the brand in 1954. The Submariner without a date window is the last of its kind, the last Rolex sports model with an aluminum bezel insert, stamped end links, a stamped bracelet clasp and drilled through lug holes. These particularities were the trademark of the original Submariner. Sadly, the watch was retired from the market in 2012. Now it is one of Rolex’s most sought after legends. Watches enthusiasts from all around the globe are looking for a chance to get their hands on this very rare collectible.
This Rolex Submariner model was introduced in 1990 and at that time it was the worthy successor of the famed 5513 which was launched in 1962. Their legacy was the vintage looks and feel, and a flawless workmanship. In its early days, the Submariner 14060m was available with a 3000-series movement and featured innovative elements like the unidirectional bezel and the sapphire crystal. The first notable upgrade brought to its movement came in 1998 when it was changed to the 3130 calibre. It became a certified chronometer in 2007 and when this happened the dial was also stamped with the iconic “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” line.
The particular classical look of the dial is given by the lack of the date window which reminds us of the legendary chronometer 5512 also known as the Steve McQueen Submariner. Another important detail is the size of the hands and hour markers. The watch was launched in an era when the maxi-dial wasn’t created yet so its hour markers are not that big as the ones of the contemporary Submariner models. The same thing goes for the hands. The overall look of the dial is minimalistic and light on the eye.
On the exterior of the dial we find the unique aluminum bezel that is incredibly intriguing for Rolex fans. The semi-matte finishing looks fantastic in contrast with the shiny dial and crystal. This is much more beautiful than the glossy ceramic bezel that makes the Submariner loose its sharpness. Also, the small white luminescent dot from the bezel is the perfect final touch for the “no date” Rolex Submariner.
The vintage Rolex Submariner comes with a 40 mm case diameter manufactured from stainless steel that has been nicely brushed. The profile of the case tells us that this is a considerably slim and elegant watch that knows how to impress with a timeless look. On the other hand, the case back is simple and rugged as it does not have any engravings whatsoever.
The 7 inches adjustable stainless steel bracelet is fitted with a deployment buckle and thanks to the drilled lugs it is incredibly easy to clean the links or to change the band. These days, a Rolex with drilled lugs is a rarity.
The Rolex Submariner 14060M is a fantastic timepiece of industrial design. This true modern classic, the last of the old Submariner line is a must for any collector with a strong passion for Rolex timepieces. It is the vintage timepiece that is eternally stylish.