Submariner

The Archetype
of the Diver's Watch

Style of the Submariner

The 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 Submariner models set new standards of robustness, reliability, comfort and timeless sporting style.

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Undirectional rotatable bezel

Function of the Submariner

Undirectional rotatable bezel

The Oyster Case

Function of the Submariner

Blue Luminescence

Function of the Submariner

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.

Underwater Worlds

Spirit of the Submariner

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 Submariner was first created in the pioneering era of scuba diving.

Birth
of the Rolex Oyster

Spirit of the Submariner

The Oyster case is a central part of Rolex’s history. Clamped shut like an oyster shell, it could 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.

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A Perfect Partner On Land or in the Sea

A Perfect Partner On Land or in the Sea

Spirit of the Submariner

We invented the Submariner to work perfectly 660 feet under the sea. It seems to work pretty well at any level.

ROLEX 1965 advertising

Rolex Glidelock
ro • lex • glide • lock
  1. An exclusive, easy-to-operate bracelet extension system for divers’ watches, patented by Rolex.
  2. Enables a fine adjustment of the bracelet of up to 20 mm in 2 mm increments, without the aid of tools.
  3. Allows the watch to be worn over a 3 mm diving suit.
  4. Seamlessly integrated into the clasp to combine reliability, aesthetics and comfort.
  5. Designed for professionals, useful for all.
  6. The Rolex Way.

1953 - 1959 - 2008

Spirit of the Submariner

David Doubilet

Spirit of the Submariner

Submariner

Underwater photographer. Explorer. Artist. Marine naturalist and protector of the Ocean habitat. Author of a dozen books on the sea. For 50 years, his passion has illuminated the hidden depths of the Earth.

Ceramic Bezel

Features

Oyster Bracelet

Features

Oyster Bracelet

The Oyster bracelet is a perfect alchemy of form and function, aesthetics and technology, designed to be both robust and comfortable. It is equipped with an Oysterlock clasp, which prevents accidental opening, and an ingenious Glidelock, allowing fine adjustments of the bracelet without using any tools - and allowing it to be worn comfortably over a diving suit.

Perpetual Movement

Perpetual Movement

Features

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Certified Swiss Chronometer

Features

The four simple words Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified on a Rolex watch dial mean that the very movement inside the timepiece has endured 15 days and nights of testing by COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres – Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute), an independent not-for-profit association. To receive COSC certification as a Swiss chronometer, a watch must demonstrate extreme precision in a variety of positions and temperatures. Rolex is unique in the industry: this is the standard level of quality required of every Rolex wristwatch movement.

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The Submariner

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