Launched in 1953, the Submariner was the first divers’ wristwatch waterproof to a depth of 100 metres. Following the invention of the Oyster, the world’s first waterproof wristwatch, in 1926, the Submariner set the standard for divers’ watches.

The Submariner was originally created specifically for underwater exploration and diving. Over the years, it has proved to be equally at home out of the water and has become the all-round watch, worn by explorers, athletes, film-makers, artists and others across all walks of life.

When the Submariner was first launched it was an immediate success with many pioneering deep-sea professionals who tested it for the brand. One of those trailblazers was Dimitri Rebikoff, a French engineer specialized in underwater research, for whom the Submariner quickly became indispensable.

The Submariner’s unidirectional rotatable bezel is key to the functionality of the watch. Its engraved 60-minute graduation allows a diver to monitor diving time and decompression stops accurately and therefore safely. 

Manufactured by Rolex from a hard, corrosion-resistant ceramic, the Cerachrom bezel insert is virtually scratchproof and its colour is unaffected by ultraviolet rays, seawater or water that is chlorinated.

Since its creation in 1953, the Submariner has constantly evolved, enhancing its waterproofness, robustness, and functionality. The case was enlarged from 38 to 40 mm and equipped with a crown guard. On the bezel, graduations were added to mark each minute of the first quarter hour. The bezel itself was given a more pronounced knurling to ensure a better grip with diving gloves.

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Oyster, 40 mm, Oystersteel and yellow gold Price: £10,350