STYLE OF THE ROLEX SUBMARINER
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner’s robust and functional design swiftly became iconic. With their subtly redesigned Oyster case, distinctive dial with large luminescent hour markers, graduated rotatable Cerachrom bezel and solid link Oyster bracelet, the latest generation Submariner and Submariner Date are firmly in line with the original model launched in 1953.
Equally at home underwater and at a gala dinner, the Rolex Submariner models set new standards of robustness, reliability, comfort and timeless sporting style.
FUNCTION OF THE ROLEX SUBMARINER – UNIDIRECTIONAL ROTATABLE BEZEL
The Rolex Submariner’s rotatable bezel is a key functionality of the watch. Its engraved 60-minute graduations allow a diver to accurately and safely monitor diving time and decompression stops. Manufactured by Rolex from a hard, corrosion-resistant ceramic, the Cerachrom bezel insert is virtually scratchproof.
A luminescent capsule on the zero marker ensures legibility, no matter how dark the environment. The bezel’s knurled edge is carefully designed to offer excellent grip under water, even with gloves.
FUNCTION OF THE ROLEX SUBMARINER – THE OYSTER CASE
The Rolex Submariner’s Oyster case, guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 300 metres (1,000 feet), provides the high‑precision perpetual movement with optimal protection from water, dust, pressure and shocks. The middle case is crafted from a solid block of particularly corrosion-resistant 904L steel or 18 ct gold with an integral crown guard.
The Chromalight display on the dial is an innovation that pushes the boundaries of visibility in dark environments. The blue glow lasts up to eight hours with a uniform luminosity throughout, practically twice as long as that of standard luminescent materials.
SPIRIT OF THE ROLEX SUBMARINER – UNDERWATER WORLD
Since time immemorial, mankind has been spellbound by the sea and the mystery of its uncharted depths. The deep remained beyond reach until the irrepressible desire for exploration, coupled with boundless human ingenuity, gave rise to the technology that would enable men to catch a glimpse of the underwater world. The Rolex Submariner was first created in the pioneering era of scuba diving.
SPIRIT OF THE ROLEX SUBMARINER – BIRTH OF THE ROLEX OYSTER
The Rolex Oyster case is a central part of Rolex’s history. Clamped shut like an oyster shell, it can survive under water thanks to two major innovations: a screw-down back and bezel and a screw-down waterproof winding crown. Invented by Rolex in 1926, the Oyster case was put to a real-life test a year later when Mercedes Gleitze, a young sportswoman, swam the English Channel wearing a Rolex Oyster.
After more than 10 hours in the cold water, her watch remained fully functional, firmly establishing Rolex’s legendary underwater expertise.
SPIRIT OF THE ROLEX SUBMARINER – A PERFECT PARTNER ON LAND OR IN THE SEA
We invented the Rolex Submariner to work perfectly 660 feet under the sea. It seems to work pretty well at any level.
SPIRIT OF THE ROLEX SUBMARINER – 1953 – 1959 – 2008
Introduced in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was the first watch to be water‑resistant down to 100 metres (330 feet). It was designed specifically for underwater exploration and diving, with a strong stainless steel bracelet and an extra‑robust, waterproof Oyster case.
Subsequent advances eventually increased the Rolex Submariner’s waterproofness to 300 metres (1,000 feet) – the depth to which today’s Submariners can safely be submerged. In 2008, the re-styled Rolex Submariner was enhanced with a new rotatable bezel equipped with a nearly scratchproof Cerachrom insert featuring graduations in gold or platinum.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date is the benchmark for divers and those who are passionate about the underwater world.
The above excerpts are taken from Rolex.