Rolex presents the new generation of its Submariner and Submariner Date, watches that exemplify the historic links between Rolex and the world of diving. Both timepieces now feature a redesigned, slightly larger 41 mm case – whose profile is highlighted by the light reflections from the case sides and lugs – and are fitted on a remodelled bracelet. The Rolex Submariner, originally designed as the quintessential divers’ watch, has become probably the world’s best-known and best-selling luxury Swiss sports watch of all time (it’s definitely one of the most counterfeited). Genuine Submariners are now a definitive statement piece for everyone from businessmen to professional athletes and Hollywood stars. It’s a watch with mass-market appeal, but that doesn’t detract from its quality—rather, it underlines the precision design work that has made it such an icon. The Submariner’s development resulted from a challenge to legendary Rolex founder and president, Hans Wilsdorf from board member René-Paul Jeanneret. Jeanneret was a keen diver and friend of famed replika rolex ureu nderwater explorer, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. He felt that current diver’s watches in the Rolex collection–while water resistant–were insufficient for everyday use. Jeanneret saw there was a need for a functional yet elegant watch. He wanted Rolex to create it.
After several years of experimentation and trial and error, Jeanneret finally had a watch to be confident in.
To build attention for the watch’s planned release, a modified model–the Rolex Deep Sea Special–was affixed to the exterior of a submarine piloted by Auguste Piccard, one of the greatest explorers of the time. When Piccard resurfaced from the 3,000-meter dive, the watch still functioned perfectly.
The Rolex Submariner debuted at Baselworld in 1953. The following year Rolex officially released three models: the 6200, the 6204, and the 6205. Now, divers could not only have confidence that their replica rolex watches watch was fully waterproof up to 100m, but they could accurately time their immersion and not have to worry about changing out their watch for something more appropriate back on land.