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The History of the Replica Rolex Submariner

The last time I bought a Replica Rolex Submariner is already a few years ago. The then-current Submariner watch, reference 114060, has recently been replaced by the 124060.

Now, I don't feel the urge to replace it with the new reference or add it, but it is about time that this article is amended with the latest references. Back in 2017, when I bought the watch, authorized dealers didn't have the fake watch in stock. The situation didn't exactly improve since then. Stainless steel Replica Rolex sports models are hot, it's especially the Submariner that can count on a huge fanbase, worldwide.

The design of the Submariner 114060, and now 124060, is unmistakably Replica Rolex, despite the size and use of modern materials such as ceramics. Compare the modern 114060 to the 1953 Replica Rolex Submariner 6204 and you will immediately notice that these replica watches share the same DNA.

Diving Into Replica Rolex Submariner

Owning and wearing a Replica Rolex Submariner is one thing, but to dive into the history of this fake watch is quite a task. To make it somewhat easier for you, we hereby show you the history of the Submariner in a nutshell, including a table with most important references since 1953 till the current line-up of Submariner watches.

The Replica Rolex Submariner is a fake watch with an interesting story. Introduced over 60 years ago, the current Replica Rolex Submariner fake watch is a product of a long history and development. The similarities are clearly visible while the innovations are as well. A ceramic bezel, masculine case and solid bracelet with an easy-to-adjust folding clasp meet all the requirements of a modern fake watch while the design goes back to 1953.

1953: Submariner reference 6204. Photo Antiquorum. The First Replica Rolex Submariner

The water-resistant Oyster-case with a screw-down crown and the self-winding movement for wristwatches are ingredients of the Replica Rolex Submariner that we own to Replica Rolex founder and president Hans Wilsdorf. He was a genius businessman and perhaps even a better marketeer. He was also known for his open mind regarding new ideas and cared about what his employees had to say. René-Paul Jeanneret, an experienced and valuable member of the board of directors was a passionate diver. It was this René-Paul Jeanneret that came with the idea of developing a fake watch that wasn't only suitable for use in the water, but also as an elegant timepiece for everyday use.

Replica Rolex Submariner 6536/1

The discussion about the use of such a timepiece in the existing collection was being held more than once, as the existing Replica Rolex models at that time already were water-resistant and elegant. However, they were not the diving fake watch that René-Paul Jeanneret had in mind. Functional sports replica watches became an important topic and resulted since 1953 in fake watch collections with bold names like Turn-O-Graph, Explorer, Submariner, Milgauss, and GMT-Master. It made Replica Rolex grow like never before and mastered in creating replica watches that are suitable for any type of environment or (sports) activity.

Anniversary model 2003: Submariner Ref. 16610LV. Photo Antiquorum Submariner Predecessors

Water resistant replica watches were already in the Replica Rolex collection since the early 1930s. In 1935, the Replica Rolex catalog showed a 47mm cushion-shaped Oyster-case fake watch with reference 2533. It had a pocket fake watch movement inside, a Lépine hand-wound movement with a small seconds hand at 9 o'clock. It didn't get any follow-up as there was no interest in replica watches with a huge case diameter like this. However, this cushion-shaped fake watch did pave the way for a partnership with Panerai. Back then, Panerai was an Italian Replica Rolex dealer and specialized in diving equipment. The Panerai Radiomir models with cushion-shaped Oyster-cases with a Cortébert caliber movement supplied by Replica Rolex inspired the Geneva company and gave them very useful feedback on divers watches. Most likely did it also gave useful input for Jeanneret's Replica Rolex Submariner.

Jeanneret had a close relationship with the famous Jacques-Yves Cousteau, which lead to enough input to convince the decision makers at Replica Rolex at that time to develop a professional diver's watch. In those first years of the 1950s there was a lot of experimenting going on with regards to their professional diver's watch. The name 'Submariner?wasn't being used at that time.

Diver's Tests Paved The Way For The Submariner

In September 1953, Replica Rolex let the World know ?in a spectacular way ?that they were able to produce a diver's watch. Auguste Piccard dove 3131,8 meters in the Ocean with his Bathyscaphe deep-diving submarine. Affixed to the vessel's hull was Wilsdorf's Replica Rolex fake watch especially created for this adventure featuring a clearly visible Replica Rolex logo and luminous dial. When the Bathyscape rose out of the water, the Replica Rolex fake watch was still working properly.

Later on, in 1960, the submarine Trieste, with its 2-meter-wide pressure sphere descended for the 65th time into the depths ?this time with the goal of reaching the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the deepest point in the ocean. Inside the pressure sphere were Piccard's son, Jacques Piccard, and the Dan Walsh. Outside the sphere was a very special Replica Rolex prototype, a watch, with Oyster case, designed to withstand the pressure of the 10,916-meter descent, which exerted a pressure on the vessel of about 1,125 kg/cm. The idea, of course, was to prove that the Oyster case could survive the ordeal. Just as with the 1953 Bathyscaphe dive, the Replica Rolex looked and ran exactly as it had above the water.

The Trieste Rolex Submariner ?the diver's friend

Achievements like that created a lot of attention and awareness. There was demand for replica watches that could take a bit of abuse during sports but also during everyday wear. Visitors of the Basel fair (nowadays BaselWorld) in 1954 were happily surprised to see a big display window (one of five) with a wristwatch featuring a matt black dial, big luminous hands and indexes and a rotating bezel with markers about 5 minutes apart. The zero-position on the bezel was marked with an arrow with a luminous pearl in the center. A small sign said "Submariner ?the diver's friend? In other words, Replica Rolex created a professional diver's fake watch with an automatic movement with a water resistance of 100 meters thanks to the screw-down crown system called Twinlock.

A so-called "Tropical Dial?reference 5513 from 1967. Photo Antiquorum.

By the time it hit the market, the Submariner had passed rigorous field tests. The Institute for Deep Sea Research in Cannes issued a report on Oct. 26, 1953, on the five months of tests it had conducted with the watch, consisting of 132 dives in depths of 12 to 60 meters. The statement from the laboratory read as follows:

"Despite the extremely high salt content of the Mediterranean waters, and the tropical temperature and humidity to which the fake watch was exposed between the individual dives, it showed no corrosion at all. …Likewise, no moisture was detected within the watch. All other previous tests with water-resistant replica watches from top brands showed water penetration from the first moment of the dive, indicated by the condensation that formed on the inner surface of the crystal. The fake watch was worn multiple times during dives with an extended crown (i.e., the crown was pulled out to the position for setting the hands). To conclude these tests, the fake watch was attached to a thin cord and dropped to a depth of 120 meters ?twice as deep as 60 meters, the maximum depth achievable with self-contained compressed air equipment. No leaks were detected even after a one-hour period at this depth.?/p>

Rolex used the feedback and input of many experts while developing the Submariner. Jeanneret offered many ideas for the outer design of the case, dial and rotating bezel (which at that time still turned in both directions) for underwater reading of the remaining time of the dive.

Rolex Offered Three Different Submariner Models

As soon as the Replica Rolex Submariner became available in 1954, consumers could make a choice between 3 different models. These are Submariner reference 6200 with a self-winding caliber A.296 movement and a water resistance of 200 meters, the Submariner reference 6204 with a 100 meter water resistance (later up to 180 meters) and the Submariner reference 6205 with self-winding movement caliber A.260 and a water resistance of 100 meters. There is no 'Submariner?wording on very early examples as it wasn't before the end of 1954 when Replica Rolex started to use 'Submariner?on the dials. There were also no crown guards at the time yet.

The Replica Rolex Submariner ref. 6538 ("James Bond? from 1959. Big crown and no crown guards. Photo Antiquorum. An Evolution of Decades

You can hardly speak about revolutions at Replica Rolex. Evolution is a better word. Moreover, Replica Rolex achieved this continuous evolution over decades, also for the Submariner collection. The table below gives an overview on the evolution of the Submariner:

Year Reference Details 1955 6538 Successor of reference 6204 with caliber 1030 movement. 6536 Successor of reference 6205 with caliber 1030 movement;featuring a larger winding crown. 6536/1 Chronometer version of reference 6536 with caliber 1030. 6538 British Royal Navy chose the Submariner. 1956 A new design for the hands. The luminous circle moves a bit towards the center of the dial. The bezel gets a minute index for the first quarter. 1956 6538A The 6538 receives the same case as reference 6200. 6536 A red (zero position) triangle on the bezel. 6538 The Royal Canadian Navy choses the Replica Rolex Submariner. The military version has an identification number and service number engraved in the case back. Otherwise it is the same fake watch as a normal production Replica Rolex Submariner. 1958 5510 Based on reference 6200 with caliber 1530 (1957); 5508 6536/1 with caliber 1530; change of font on the bezel. The 0 (zeroes) are a bit more square-ish. 1959 5512 Crown guards, increased case diameter to 40mm (was 36mm), "Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified?wording in the dial; 6538 "Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified?wording in the dial; 1962 5513 Updated design of the crown guards, caliber 1530; 1963 5513 Updated with the caliber 1520 movement (introduced in the same year); 1966 1680 Date window, plexi crystal with cyclops, red writing on the dial (till 1973); Caliber 1575; 1969 16618 Rolex Submariner becomes available in gold; 1979 16800 Rolex Submariner receives a sapphire crystal; Water resistance increased to 300 meters; 1981 16800,16618 The Replica Rolex Submariner receives a uni-directional bezel, the remaining diving time can only become shorter; caliber 3085 is being used; 1983 16613 The Replica Rolex Submariner becomes available in "Rolesor? a Replica Rolex definition for gold/steel; 1988 16610 Rolex Submariner Date is fitted with caliber 3135; 1988 14060 Rolex Submariner is fitted with caliber 3000. 2000 14060M Rolex Submariner is fitted with caliber 3130, a certified chronometer movement. 2003 16610 LV A green bezel is fitted to an Anniversary model (50 years) of the Submariner. Normal production, no limited edition or numbered edition. 2009 116613LB First Replica Rolex Submariner to be fitted with a ceramic bezel, in rolesor (gold and stainless steel). Case lugs became fat and new bracelet added. 2010 116619 White gold Submariner with blue dial and ceramic bezel. Case lugs became fat and new bracelet added. 2010 116610LN/LV First Replica Rolex Submariner to be fitted with a ceramic bezel. The LV version was introduced with a green dial and green ceramic bezel. Case lugs became fat and new bracelet added. 2012 114060 The Replica Rolex Submariner (without date) upgraded to the ceramic bezel. Case lugs became fat and new bracelet added. 2020 124060 The Replica Rolex Submariner (without date) upgraded. Case lugs became slimmer, 21mm bracelet added. The Submariner now has caliber 3230, with 70 hours of power reserve. 2020 126610LN, 126610LV The Replica Rolex Submariner Date upgraded, including a model with green ceramic bezel. Case lugs became slimmer, 21mm bracelet added. The Submariner now has caliber 3235, with 70 hours of power reserve. 2020 126613LN, 126613LB The Replica Rolex Submariner Date Rolesor. Replica Rolex bi-color Submariner watches. Case lugs became slimmer, 21mm bracelet added. The Submariner now has caliber 3235, with 70 hours of power reserve. 2020 126618LN, 126618LB The Replica Rolex Submariner Date full gold. Same as the above, but in full 18KT yellow and white gold. The new "Blueberry?is the new white gold Replica Rolex Submariner with black dial and blue bezel.

Rolex avoided any type of experimenting with the Submariner design. If they would have, the Replica Rolex Submariner probably wouldn't be what it is today: a classic!

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One question that comes to mind when looking at the table above is: Why did it take Replica Rolex until 1981 to come up with something as vital as a uni-direction bezel? The answer is quite simple: There was a patent on the uni-directional bezel since 1952 (by Blancpain for their Fifty Fathoms watch). Replica Rolex wasn't the only brand bothered by this patent!

Replica Rolex 'Red?Submariner reference 1680 from ca. 1970. Photo Antiquorum.

More information on the Submariner and the current models can be found on the official Replica Rolex website.