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Used Rolex Submariner Watches

A Review of the Rolex Submariner: Info, History, Reference Numbers, and Nicknames

The legendary Rolex Submariner pivoted from a tool watch for divers in the 1950s to become one of the worldā€™s most sought-after luxury sports watches today.

In 1953, the stainless steelĀ Submariner ref. 6204Ā made its debut as the first diving watch water resistant to 300 feet, equipped with a diverā€™s bezel and a black dial with luminescent details. Rolex released a flurry of other Submariner watches during the decade, experimenting with design details and functionality. A particularly notable vintage Sub from the era is theĀ Submariner ref. 6538, nicknamed the ā€œJames Bondā€ due to its appearance in the film Dr. No. TheĀ Submariner ref. 5512Ā came out in 1959 and continued to be manufactured until the late 1970s.

In the 1960s, Rolex released a date model with theĀ Submariner ref. 1680Ā and shortly after the first yellow gold model made an appearance with theĀ Submariner ref. ref. 1680/8.

The first two-tone version, theĀ Submariner ref. 16803, was presented in the early 1980s. Later that decade, the steel no-dateĀ Submariner ref. 14060Ā and the steel dateĀ Submariner ref. 16610Ā were launched, both of which were long-running models. Rounding out the collection were the yellow goldĀ Submariner ref. 16618Ā and the two-toneĀ Submariner ref. 16613ā€”both available with blue or black dials and bezels. Rolex unveiled the special 50th-anniversary greenĀ Submariner ref. 16610LVin 2003, which eventually gained the ā€œKermitā€ nickname.

In 2008, Rolex introduced the Cerachrom ceramic bezel to their famous diving watch with the white goldĀ Submariner ref. 116619LB, aka the ā€œSmurf.ā€ Today, Rolex only produces Submariners with ceramic bezels including the no-date steelĀ Submariner ref. 114060, the steelĀ Submariner ref. 116610LN, and the steel and greenĀ Submariner ref. 116610LVĀ (nicknamed the ā€œHulkā€). Thereā€™s also the yellow goldĀ Submariner ref. 116618Ā and the two-toneĀ Submariner ref. 116613, available with black (LN) or blue (LB) dials and bezels.

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