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How the Rolex Submariner Became a Legend That Spawned Numerous Copycats

by Wrist Aficionado on
When you are diving into the world of luxury watches, you may feel overwhelmed at first. Even just perusing all of the various options you have in the luxury watch market can make you confused. There are various new words you will need to add to your vocabulary, such as the tourbillon, minute repeater, and perpetual calendar. Besides new terminology, you will come across brands and models of watches that show up again and again. Rolex is one of those brands, with its Submariner being a model you will read about quite a bit.

The Rolex Submariner has been featured in films like Live and Let Die, from the James Bond series of movies. It was also worn by Robert Redford, among many others. It has been worn by men who know how to look stylish while wearing one of the most iconic luxury timepieces ever crafted.

Debuting in 1954, the Submariner became the first watch commercially available that enabled the wearer to dive 100 meters underwater while wearing it. A Rolex executive in those earlier days enjoyed diving and had as his friend the underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau. Eventually, this executive (Rene-Paul Jeanerret) convinced the president of Rolex to invest in the engineering of a watch geared towards divers. The Submariner answered that call.

The Submariner is not just waterproof. It also has symbols and shapes instead of numbers for the hour markers, such as an arrow indicating 12:00 and rectangles every third hour. The material the markers are made out of a material that illuminates them. There is also a rotating bezel that informs a diver how long they have been under the water. All of these features, along with others, have made it the diver's watch to match up against.

Today, the Rolex Submariner is one of the most popular luxury watches available globally. Different styles and variations have been made, including green versions that are highly sought after by collectors. The new model, the Submariner 116610, was released in 2010, is highly popular today, on par with the green “Hulk” version. That also means the new Rolex Submariner price is a high one. The price is usually double what it was a few years ago.

Wrist Aficionado has an extensive collection of Submariner watches. The Rolex Submariner price you pay is up to the style or variation you are interested in. When it comes to the Rolex Submariner price used ones can go for as low as around $15,000, and up to over $130,000. The Rolex Submariner price new is approximately $15,000 as well. However, if you will hard-pressed to find one at this price. That is why Wrist Aficionado is an excellent place to look because we have several Submariner options at around the $15,000 price point.

The Rolex Submariner has become a legend that led everyone from James Bond himself to professional divers to celebrities wearing it. It has become ubiquitous and copied endlessly for a good reason.
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