Rolex Submariner History Timeline

Rolex Submariner History – The Back-Story

Rolex Submariner History starts over 60 years ago, and is a watch with an interesting story. Today’s Rolex Submariner model is such an icon because of the long submariner history and development. Rolex kept the distinct features (since 1953), while the innovations like ceramic bezel, masculine case and 904L steel bracelet with the new-generation OYSTERLOCK kept the Submariner up-to-date. The two models today are ‘Rolex Submariner No Date‘ and ‘Rolex Submariner Date‘.

Rolex Submariner History Timeline
Rolex Submariner History Timeline

Rolex Submariner History – The Back-Story

Despite the popularity of the Rolex Submariner story, The Submariner was not the first water resistant watches Rolex has. The Rolex Submariner Story goes way back to 1930s, where these collections start. Rolex 47mm cushion-shaped Oyster case watch (Ref: 2533) was later seen in 1935; a pocket watch movement inside. Although not many fancy watches with a huge case, it did opened a door for a partnership with Panerai. In that time, Parnerai was an Italian Rolex merchandiser specialised in diving equipment. The Geneva company was inspired by their Cortébert caliber movement (supplied by Rolex) together with Cushion-shaped Oyster-Cases (by Panerai), and it gave them an idea on divers watch. This was perhaps the most helpful input for Jeanneret, in the history of Rolex Submariner story.

Rolex Submariner Chuck Yeager
Rolex Submariner Chuck Yeager

The beginning of The Submariner History

The beginning of The Submariner History actually starts around 1950s when Rene P. Jeanneret who is the then Rolex director (and also a greenhorn diver). Using knowledge from previous Oyster case models such as Rolex DateJust, Jeanneret sets the direction for the company to develop a sports watch for scuba divers. In 1953, Rolex tested their new 6200 model wristwatch as Auguste Piccard and his son Jacques pursued a world diving record. The pair successfully broke a world new record depth of 10,335 feet below the ocean’s surface, and the Submariner survived too.

In the same year, a documentary film titled: “The Silent World” by Cousteau won an Academy award. Without a doubt, this was part of the Submariner history as Rolex has ensured that the famous oceanographer was distinctly wearing the Rolex Submariner in all the shots.

Later in 1954, The Submariner 6204 was launched at the Basel Spring Fair. Rolex is proud to announce that this new watch could resist water of 660 feet depth. That is an impressive depth which no competitors could match at that time. All three models 6200, 6205, and 6204 were officially launch for sale to the general public in 1955.

However, in the Rolex Submariner History, the Rolex Submariner does not have mass appeal until 1960s. The fabulous era is when Rolex Submariner appear on the wrist of Sean Connery in many James Bond 007 movies, which includes some popular underwater scenes.

1966 Rolex Submariner 5513
1966 Rolex Submariner 5513

Up till today in the long Rolex Submariner History, Rolex avoided any type of experimenting with the Submariner design. If they have done so, The Submariner wouldn’t be a classic as it is today. Through the Submariner History, Rolex Submariner has maintained that rugged sporty look while at the same time being sophisticated enough to wear with suits. The two models today are ‘Rolex Submariner No Date‘ and ‘Rolex Submariner Date‘.

Watch History of Rolex Submariner Video

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