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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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Rolex Submariner Watch
Rolex Submariner Unidirectional Rotatable Bezel

Unidirectional rotatable bezel

Function of the Submariner

The 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.

The Oyster Case

The Oyster Case

Function of the Submariner

The 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 case back, with its characteristic fluting, is hermetically screwed down with a special tool exclusive to Rolex watchmakers. The winding crown – fitted with the patented Triplock triple waterproofness system – screws down securely against the case, ensuring watertight security akin to a submarine’s hatch. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof synthetic sapphire.

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.

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.

Rolex Submariner Date Cover
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

Rolex submariner Ceramic Bezel

Ceramic Bezel

Features

Triplock Winding Crown

Triplock Winding Crown

Features

The Triplock winding crown is a patented triple waterproofness system designed especially for divers’ watches. Developed by Rolex, it resists water pressure to depths of 300 metres (1,000 feet) on the Submariner models and some other Professional models, and 3,900 metres (12,800 feet) on the Rolex Deepsea. First introduced in 1970, the Triplock system consists of 10 different elements crafted from the most reliable materials. The winding crown screws down against the Oyster case as tightly and hermetically as a submarine’s hatch.

Oyster Bracelet

Features

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

Rolex Submariner Watch e-Brochure

E-brochure

The Submariner

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