Rolex submariner «hulk»: 12 альтернативных часов с зеленым циферблатом на любой бюджет

Текущие модели

Номер модели Модель Материал Безель Движение Производство Рекомендуемая производителем розничная цена в долларах США
126610LN Submariner Date 41 мм Сталь Чернить 3235

COSC

2020- 9 150 долл. США
124060 Подводник 41 мм Сталь Чернить 3230

COSC

2020- 8 100 долл. США
126610LV Submariner Date 41 мм Сталь Зеленый 3235 COSC 2020– 9 550 долл. США
126613LB Submariner Date 41 мм Сталь и желтое золото Синий 3235 COSC 2020– 14 300 долл. США
126613LN Submariner Date 41 мм Сталь и желтое золото Чернить 3235 COSC 2020– 14 300 долл. США
126618LB Submariner Date 41 мм Желтое золото Синий 3235 COSC 2020– 36 950 долл. США
126618LN Submariner Date 41 мм Желтое золото Чернить 3235 COSC 2020– 36 950 долл. США
126619LB Submariner Date 41 мм Белое золото Синий 3235 COSC 2020– 39 650 долл. США

Все модели обладают водонепроницаемостью 300 метров (1000 футов).

Джеймс Бонд

Rolex Submariner снялся во многих фильмах о Джеймсе Бонде . Шон Коннери носил номер 6538 в своих четырех первых фильмах. В докторе Нет . и From Russia with Love часы использовались с кожаным ремешком, в то время как в Goldfinger и Thunderball ремешок был заменен на нейлоновый ремешок меньшего размера типа НАТО (ремешок «G10» Министерства обороны не вводился в эксплуатацию до 1973 года, и только тогда в адмиралтейском сером без полос). Джордж Лэзенби носил модель 5513 с устричным браслетом в некоторых частях «Секретной службы Ее Величества» , как и Роджер Мур в своих первых двух фильмах « Живи и дай умереть» и «Человек с золотым пистолетом» , но с браслетом 7206, который был «склепан». Тимоти Далтон пока что последний актер Бонда, носивший часы Rolex из франшизы Бонда. Его видели в подводном лодке с окошком даты в его последнем фильме « Лицензия на убийство» . Возможно, это часы 16800 или 168000, поскольку фильм был снят летом 1988 года. Начиная с GoldenEye , Джеймс Бонд носит часы Omega Seamasters .

Best Entry-Level Rolex Submariner Alternatives

Orient Ray II

Orient are widely known for their affordable, high-quality automatic watches. The Orient Ray II continues this trend with a Submariner-like appearance and solid technical specs. It features 200m water resistance, day/date function, a 120 click unidirectional bezel and a slick Japanese automatic movement.

The Orient is slightly wider than the Rolex, measuring in at 41mm across. Its lugs taper in towards the bracelet, giving a more flush look than the Submariner; a subtle difference that helps the Orient design stand up on its own. This Orient Submariner is definitely more than just a Submariner look-alike.

Model:  FAA02004B9

Movement:  Automatic

Engine:  Orient Calibre F6922

Band:  Stainless steel bracelet

Case Size:  41.5 mm

Water Resistance:  200 meters / 660 feet

BUY FOR $159.77**Price updated as of 2021-09-30

Seiko SNZF17 “Sea Urchin”

Seiko, much like Rolex has a long history of watchmaking experience. The Seiko “Sea Urchin” shows many similarities to the Submariner, from the classic black dial and bezel, to the Oyster style bracelet. The “Seiko Submariner” is an excellent choice if you’re looking for an affordable Rolex Submariner alternative.

The one stark distinction between the two is that the Seiko features day/date with no magnification, compared to the cyclops date only window on the Rolex.

The Seiko 5 SNZF17 is a little bigger than the Rolex, measuring 42mm across the case. It is powered by an in-house automatic Japanese movement.

Model:  SNZF17

Movement:  Automatic

Engine:  Seiko Caliber 7S36

Band:  Stainless steel bracelet

Case Size:  41 mm

Water Resistance:  100 meters / 330 feet

BUY FOR $329.99**Price updated as of 2021-09-30

Casio MDV106-1A

The Casio MDV106-1A is very basic, yet extremely affordable, Rolex Submariner alternative. It sits on a rubber dive strap vs. the stainless steel bracelet of the Submariner. The case itself is very similar to the Rolex, with the biggest difference being its size; a massive 44mm!

The Casio has a Japanese quartz movement, providing low maintenance and accurate timekeeping qualities. It has a unidirectional bezel and a 200m water resistance rating, making this a useful dive ‘tool watch’. There is a date window at 3 o’ clock as on the Rolex, however there is no magnification on the Casio.

Model:  MDV106-1A

Movement:  Quartz  

Band:  Resin Strap

Case Size:  44 mm

Water Resistance:  201 meters / 660 feet

BUY FOR $60.70**Price updated as of 2021-09-30

Deep Blue Master 1000

The Deep Blue Master 1000 is a solid all around dive watch. It is water resistant to 300 meters and has a 120 click unidirectional bezel. There is a non-magnified date window at the 3 o’clock position.

The Master 1000 is available in several color combinations including, red, blue, green, “pepsi”, “coke”, “batman”, and black. For this reason it is a great alternative to the more colorful Submariner models.

Model:  MAS1KBLKORGSEC

Movement:  Automatic

Engine:  TMI Caliber NH35

Band:  Black silicon strap

Case Size:  44 mm

Water Resistance:  300 meters / 1000 feet

BUY FOR $229.00**At time of publication

Citizen Promaster

The Citizen pays homage to the classic Rolex Submariner without any obvious attempts at imitation. It features a sporty rubber strap secured by a standard buckle.

The Citizen is powered by the famous Eco-Drive Japanese quartz movement, which takes its power from exposure to light, never needing a battery replacement.

The Citizen Eco-Drive Promaster has a 3 o’ clock date window, a unidirectional bezel and checks the ‘real dive watch’ box with its 200m water resistance rating. A blue dial variant is available in the Citzen Eco-Drive Promaster BN0191-55L.

Model:  BN0190-07E

Movement:  Eco-Drive

Engine:  Citizen Caliber Eco-Drive E168

Band:  Rubber Strap

Case Size:  45 mm

Water Resistance:  200 meters / 660 feet

BUY FOR $174.99**At time of publication

Открытия и изобретения Rolex

На первых порах фирма неустанно нарабатывала репутацию, позднее репутация начала работать на неё. Несмотря на то, что часы Rolex могут оказаться не самыми модными и дорогими в производстве, на каждые десять покупателей других марок приходится пятьдесят клиентов, выбирающих именно Rolex.

Компания Rolex открылась в 1905 году в Лондоне. Её основали немец Ганс Вилсдорф и его родственник Альфред Дави. Вилсдорф разработал план и был инициатором предприятия, Дави дал на него деньги. Бренд в итоге получил название Wilsdorf & Davis, на часах был выгравирован логотип W&D. Продукцию собирали в Лондоне из деталей, поставлявшихся из Швейцарии.

До начала 20 века мужчины не использовали наручных часов, считая их исключительно женским ювелирным украшением. Кроме того, считалось, что небольшой размер наручных часов попросту не сможет вместить качественный механизм, потому предпочтение отдавалось карманным часам. Ганс Вилсдорф стал тем человеком, который разрушил устоявшийся стереотип. Эта рискованная идея позволила ему войти в историю часовой индустрии.

В 1910 году, после 45 дней испытаний, продукция W&D впервые в истории наручных часов получила сертификат хронометрической точности. Четыре года спустя механизму был присвоен класс «А», который до этого давали только морским хронометрам.

На тот момент предприятие Вилсдорфа поменяло название на Rolex. Считается, что новое название было случайным набором букв. Главным требованием основателя, как гласит легенда, была звучность возможность целиком поместить название на циферблате. В итоге было выбрано слово Rolex. Немалую роль во взлёте популярности Rolex сыграла Первая Мировая война – солдатам было гораздо удобнее пользоваться наручными часами, чем карманными. В результате бренд ориентировал своё производство на такую целевую аудиторию, как военные, пилоты, моряки, аквалангисты и мужчины других профессий, для которых наручные часы оказались предпочтительнее карманных. Ориентируясь на их потребности, фирма стала развивать свои научные разработки.

История-компании-Rolex

В то же время репутацию компании в военные годы несколько ухудшил тот факт, что Вилсдорф был немцем. Вдобавок, стоимость поставки деталей сильно возросла. Из-за этого основатель компании решил перенести бизнес в Швейцарию. Штаб-квартира Rolex открылась в Женеве, а основное производство – в городе Биль. Сегодня компания Rolex – одна из немногих, полностью производящих все часовые детали, ничего не закупая у других фирм. В 1926 году Rolex были выпущены часы Oyster («устрица»). Это были первые в мире часы с герметичным корпусом, непроницаемым для влаги и пыли. Помимо этого, данная модель была ударопрочной. Но покупатели неохотно верили рекламе, поэтому компании приходилось представить наглядные доказательства уникальности своей продукции. Узнав, что жительница Великобритании Мерседес Гляйтце решила вплавь пересечь Ла-Манш, сотрудники Rolex попросили её взять с собой часы. Пловчиха повесила их на шею и проплыла с ними весь десятичасовой маршрут.

Длительное воздействие воды на можель никак не отразилось на работе механизма – эта акция была первой рекламой часов Rolex. Данный успешный маркетинговый ход заложил основу всей дальнейшей маркетинговой стратегии фирмы. В дальнейшем Rolex ещё неоднократно устраивала публичные испытания своих часов во время выступлений спортсменов в гоночных автомобилях, батискафах, самолетах. Продукция фирмы побывала в горах, в воздухе и в морских глубинах. В 50-х годах XX века компания Rolex решила снабдить своими экспериментальными моделями пилотов гражданской авиации, пересекающих несколько часовых поясов, поскольку им было необходимо знать точное время в разных точках земного шара одновременно. Этой кампанией Rolex стремилась доказать, что их продукция достаточно точна и надёжна, чтобы доверить ей жизни людей. Эти часы в числе первых протестировали лётчики авиакомпании Pan American.

Ещё одно изобретение компании – часовой ротор. Механизм автоматического завода часов фирма создала в 1930-х годах. Данная разработка позволила дополнительно заводить часы за счёт любого движения руки человека. Компания Rolex немедленно запатентовала изобретение, одновременно на десятки лет обойдя своих конкурентов. Таким образом надежность и точность стали определяющими качествами часов Rolex.

В 1945 году появилась первая модель часов Rolex с индикатором даты. Спустя некоторое время компания разместила на циферблате также показатель дня недели. Позднее большинство часовых производителей во всём мире скопировали данную разработку, но впервые внедрила её именно Rolex.

Как заработать на продаже часов миллионы

Дизайн

Они квинтэссенция дайверских часов, каждая деталь которых направлена на обеспечение разборчивости и надежности под водой. Однонаправленный безель с делением от 12-часовой до 15-минутной отметки, окрашенный в цвет, дополняющий цвет циферблата; заводная головка, обладающая защитой; большие круглые индексы в хромалайте Rolex, светящиеся голубым светом и люминесцирующие до 8 часов кряду.

Варианты довольно ограничены – с датой или без даты; из стали Oystersteel, двухцветного или 18-каратного золота; синий, черный или зеленый циферблат и ободок. Но вы не обращаетесь к Rolex за неограниченным выбором, вы приходите, потому что знаете, что приобретаете один из самых долговечных экземпляров в истории часового дела.

How much does a Rolex Submariner cost?

The Submariner No Date with the reference number 114060 costs around 10,500 USD in mint condition. Pre-owned pieces demand only slightly less at about 9,400 USD. The Submariner Date has a date display and goes for around 11,500 USD new and some 11,000 USD pre-owned. Prices for both models have been on the rise in recent years.

In general, prices for new and used Submariners have steadily increased over the last few years. Date editions tend to be more popular, which explains the larger price gap between mint-condition and pre-owned models compared to the gap experienced with No Date watches.

Green Submariner watches are especially popular among collectors. Connoisseurs differentiate between the so-called «Kermit» (ref. 16610LV), which has a green bezel and a black dial, and the «Hulk» ref. 116610LV with a green bezel and dial. The latter changes hands for around 16,500 USD new. Pre-owned examples are a bit more affordable at 15,500 USD. Kermit models are even more difficult to find and, thus, more expensive. Be sure to have at least 21,000 USD on hand for a never-worn timepiece. You can find pre-owned «Kermits» for roughly 16,000 USD.

Fans of gold watches will also find what they are looking for in the Rolex Submariner collection. This luxury diving watch is available in yellow or white gold. If you prefer white gold, your only option is the so-called «Submariner Blue» (ref. 116619LB) with a blue dial and bezel. You can purchase this model for about 36,500 USD in mint condition. The same watch sells for around 31,500 USD pre-owned.

The yellow gold version (ref. 116618LN) features a black dial and bezel. It costs about 33,000 USD new and 30,500 USD used. There are also two-tone Submariners, which give off a real 1980s vibe. A never-worn version will set you back around 13,000 USD.

Meccaniche Veneziane Nereide

Часы, приправленные эмоциями, продаются намного лучше – это хорошо известно братьям Морелли из Италии, которые несколько лет назад создали микробренд Meccaniche Veneziane. После агрессивной рекламной кампании в соцсетях (и не только) сбор средств на Kickstarter для их дебютной модели Nereide GMT закончился огромным успехом, собрав чуть менее 500 тысяч евро. Но затем началось невообразимое: вопиющие задержки с доставкой, замена калибра ETA на Sellita, проблемы с качеством и полное игнорирование жалоб покупателей. Mamma Mia!

Актуальная модель Nereide, доступная в том числе в зеленом варианте (1302005J), поставляется с сапфировым стеклом, безелем со вставкой из боросиликатного стекла BK7 и браслетом в стиле Jubilee (или кожаным ремешком). Имеется и версия с PVD-покрытием под розовое золото.

Внутри часов установлен скромный калибр Seiko NH35 без отделки под названием CAL.MV145. При ценах от 410 до 480 евро в зависимости от варианта вполне можно было бы ожидать швейцарский калибр от Sellita или STP или, по крайней мере, Miyota 9015. Соотношение между ценой и качеством у Meccaniche Veneziane далеко не самое выгодное – стоит рассмотреть другие альтернативы, представленные в этой статье.

Референс 1302005J (сталь, браслет Jubilee), 1302005 (кожаный ремешок) и 1302015 (PVD-покрытие Rose Gold); диаметр 42 мм; безель со вставкой из боросиликатного стекла; водонепроницаемость 200 метров; сапфировое стекло; механизм CAL.MV145 (Seiko NH35); цены от 410 € (без налога).

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Consistent Success Since 1953

The Submariner has spent the last six decades making watchmaking history. It has also developed into an icon and one of the most well-known watches of all time. In 2012, the special Deepsea Challenge model plunged into the Mariana Trench, reaching an impressive depth of about 36,000 ft (nearly 11,000 m). Before the first Submariner, there was the ref. 6200. This timepiece is water-resistant to 100 m (328 m) thanks to its distinctive Twinlock crown. It has a bidirectional bezel that enables divers to keep track of the length of their dive with a quick glance.

Swiss watch manufacturer Blancpain improved upon this bezel in 1953 with their Fifty Fathoms model. Its bezel is unidirectional, meaning it only turns counterclockwise so that the dive time can only be shortened and never lengthened.

Rolex took the advice of René-Paul Jeanneret when designing the Submariner. The former Rolex director was an avid recreational diver and gave helpful suggestions for the dial, bezel, and case. The watch survived various tests and 132 dives to depths of between 12 and 60 m (39 to 197 ft). It was even dropped on a concrete dock from a height of just over six-and-a-half feet (two meters) and continued to function. The only damage was the loss of a small part of the luminous material from one of the hands. The successor to the original Submariner was water-resistant up to 200 m (20 bar, 656 ft) and used to be the official watch of the British, Australian, and Canadian navies.

Best Mid-Range Rolex Submariner Homages

Steinhart Ocean One Ceramic

The Steinhart Ocean One Ceramic is the best Rolex Submariner homage, hands down. The Ocean One is a Swiss made dive watch with an ETA 2824-2 Elaboré automatic movement.

It has all the features that make more than just another Submariner look-alike. The Ceramic model has a beautiful and durable ceramic bezel insert. The crown is screw down, the end links are solid, rather than hollow, and the sapphire glass is double coated with anti-reflective coatings.

The lume is Super-LumiNova C1 which provides excellent low light performance and the case is water resistant to 300 meters.

An aluminum bezel insert version (103-0680) can be bought for about $35 less than the ceramic.

Model:  103-0681

Movement:  Automatic

Engine:  ETA 2824-2 Elaboré

Band:  Stainless steel bracelet

Case Size:  42 mm

Water Resistance:  300 meters / 1000 feet

BUY ON EBAY FOR $450.00+*     LEARN MORE*At time of publication

Stuhrling Regatta 792

The Stuhrling Regatta 792 fits the bill as a Rolex Submariner homage. Branding aside, at first glance there is very little difference in appearance (if any) to the Submariner, even down to the ‘Mercedes’ hands.

To find the biggest visual difference between the Rolex and the Stuhrling you’ll have to look at the back; the Regatta features a glass display case back, showing off its automatic movement.

The Regatta has a 42mm case, a unidirectional bezel with deep notches, and is water resistant to a dive watch standard 200m.

Model:  792Z.01

Movement:  Automatic

Engine:  Miyota

Band:  Stainless steel bracelet

Case Size:  42 mm

Water Resistance:  200 meters / 660 feet

BUY FOR Price not available**Price updated as of 2021-09-30

Shield Costeau

The Shield Cousteau is a Swiss quartz watch with a water resistance rating of 500 meters. The looks are unmistakably similar to the Submariner, aside from the wave textured dial.

The Shield Cousteau is paired to a suede leather strap and is available with a few different bezel color combinations.

Model:  SH0804

Movement:  Quartz  

Band:  Suede overlaid black leather strap

Case Size:  44 mm

Water Resistance:  500 meters / 1650 feet

BUY FOR $399.00**At time of publication

Differences Between Rolex Submariner 16610 and Submariner 116610

It’s hard to dispute Rolex’s position, several decades after its founding, as one of the leading luxury timepiece manufacturers in the world. And of the many makes and models that Rolex currently offers to its very distinguished clientele, few have managed to achieve the longevity or popularity that the Rolex Submariner currently has.

Within that collection of watches, two of the most well-known models are the Rolex Submariner 16610, which is the original version of this watch, and the Rolex Submariner 116610, which is the direct successor of the original timepiece. But what are the similarities and differences between the two watches? Let’s take a couple of moments to look at both of these watches more closely so that we can fully understand what they have in common – and where it is that they may differ.

What is Important to Know About the Rolex Submariner 16610?  

Being that the Rolex Submariner 16610 was originally introduced in 1988, it is one of Rolex’s best known and most reliable entries in the Submariner collection. It is encased in 40 mm of stainless steel, and it is a time and date watch with a Cyclops date window, which makes the date easier to read. The dial has a light green glow to it when placed in low light conditions.

One of the more notable features of this watch is its aluminum bezel, which has a nice finished matte look to it. While the aluminum bezel has a polished and professional appearance to it, there are some drawbacks to this particular style of bezel. For one thing, because of the material it is made out of, it is not as durable. This means that the watch is more likely to be scratched or dented over time.

The Rolex Submariner 16610 has an oyster bracelet with a standard-issue foldout clasp. It is worth noting that while there is a diver’s extension on this watch, it is not adjustable or customizable and, as such, doesn’t leave you a lot of room to work with if you need additional space.

As we stated previously, the Rolex Submariner 116610 is the direct successor to the other model, and it originally appeared on the market in 2010. The watch is also 40 mm in size, but you would be forgiven for not knowing that, because it looks much bigger than the earlier model.

This is due to the fact that it is encased in a stainless steel “super case,” which contributes to a larger appearance and the feeling that the watch is heartier. It does have more metal than the older model, which is observable when you see the larger lugs and crown guards, and the deeper case, that the Rolex Submariner 116610 comes with.

An important thing to note about this watch is its ceramic bezel – this watch was the first to combine that feature with a stainless steel case. This newer ceramic bezel insert is more durable than the aluminum version, which is a plus for those who may be considering purchasing this watch.

The larger dial is one of the more impressive features of the Rolex Submariner 116610. The maxi dial has a blue glow to it and larger dial markers, which makes it easier to read in the dark or underwater. The oyster lock clasp is much easier to use than the older model, and the diver extension has a glide lock clasp that is much more adjustable than the previous model.

What Do Both of These Watches Have in Common?

While these watches clearly have a lot of differences between them, they also have more than just one or two features in common. These include such items as:

· Mercedes hands· Cyclops Date Window

· Stainless Steel Case· Black dial

Both of these watches have a 3135 caliber, which has a 48-hour power reserve, 31 jewels in it, and 28,800 VPH. Also, both of the watches have a triple lock crown and are water-resistant for up to 300 meters.

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Rolex Submariner 16610

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Consistent Success Since 1953

The Submariner has spent the last six decades making watchmaking history. It has also developed into an icon and one of the most well-known watches of all time. In 2012, the special Deepsea Challenge model plunged into the Mariana Trench, reaching an impressive depth of about 36,000 ft (nearly 11,000 m). Before the first Submariner, there was the ref. 6200. This timepiece is water-resistant to 100 m (328 m) thanks to its distinctive Twinlock crown. It has a bidirectional bezel that enables divers to keep track of the length of their dive with a quick glance.

Swiss watch manufacturer Blancpain improved upon this bezel in 1953 with their Fifty Fathoms model. Its bezel is unidirectional, meaning it only turns counterclockwise so that the dive time can only be shortened and never lengthened.

Rolex took the advice of René-Paul Jeanneret when designing the Submariner. The former Rolex director was an avid recreational diver and gave helpful suggestions for the dial, bezel, and case. The watch survived various tests and 132 dives to depths of between 12 and 60 m (39 to 197 ft). It was even dropped on a concrete dock from a height of just over six-and-a-half feet (two meters) and continued to function. The only damage was the loss of a small part of the luminous material from one of the hands. The successor to the original Submariner was water-resistant up to 200 m (20 bar, 656 ft) and used to be the official watch of the British, Australian, and Canadian navies.

Rolex Submariner reference number 5512

The 5512 was in production between 1959 and 1978. The 5512 and 5513 are often spoken about together, and the reason is that the watches are essentially the same, they both featured movements based on the caliber 1530. The 5512 and 5513 came to introduce the crown-guard of Rolex’s Submariner watches. The crown guards protected the crown from shock and other damages, and this is something that is still used to this very day on most of Rolex’s sports watches and has been used on all following Submariner models.

The reference 5512 ceased its production in 1978, however, the 5513 continued to be manufactured. Since the 5512 stopped its production before the 5513, the price for the 5512 tends to be slightly more expensive.

The first iterations of the 5512 did not have the text Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified on the dial, because the fact is, they weren’t chronometers. Eventually, though, the ref.5512 Submariners were equipped with a chronometer certified caliber 1560 and 1570 movement, and with the introduction of these movements, it also started to feature the chronometer writing on the dial – the four-line writing.

Now, here’s the difference: the 5513 also used the caliber 1030 movement, however, it was then also equipped with the different non-chronometer caliber 1520 movement quite quickly after it had been introduced.

Rolex Submariner reference number 5510

The Rolex 5510 was in production in 1959 and is the rarest watch among the big crown vintage Rolex Submariner watches.

The watch was only produced for one or two years, and this means that the number of examples made is limited, making the demand for them extremely high, and the prices equally so.

It was only made for a short time as it was then replaced by the 5512 and 5513 which featured larger cases.

It is said that only 400 to 600 examples of the Submariner reference 5510 were ever produced.

The watch featured the Rolex Caliber 1530, had a thicker case to fit the movement and slightly different shaped lugs.

Rolex Submariner reference number 5513

The Submariner reference 5513 was in production between 1962 and 1990. In other words, it was in production for a whopping 30 or so years.

Since the production of the 5513 was so long, Rolex made a number of different changes to the watch over the years, which means that even though the reference might be the same, two watches can be different in a number of ways.

For example, Rolex replaced the gilt gloss dial in 1966 with a “meters first” matte dial. Furthermore, Rolex introduced a non-serif version of the typography which was printed on the watch’s dial in 1970. The luminous dots on the indexes of the watch increased in size in 1976, and this has come to be known as Maxi-dials, due to the large indexes.

Collectors find the 5513 very interesting to collect since the many iterations of the models make it so that you never really know what you will find, and you have to look at the small details that vary between them. The 5513 is because of its long production run quite easy to find, however, in more recent years, the price has increased significantly.

Ultra Premium Alternatives to the Rolex Submariner

Bell & Ross Diver

The Bell & Ross Diver is an interesting Rolex Submariner alternative. It features the iconic Bell & Ross screws at each corner of the rectangular case. The rubber strap, case screws, orange hour hand, and “lock” crown text give the Bell & Ross a truly military inspired look.

Model:  BR0392-D-BL-ST/SRB

Movement:  Automatic

Engine:  Bell and Ross Calibre BR-CAL.302

Band:  Woven rubber strap

Case Size:  42 mm

Water Resistance:  300 meters / 1000 feet

BUY FOR $2,550.00**At time of publication

Breitling Superocean II 42

The Breitling Superocean II is a fantastic automatic dive watch with a unique look of its own. The Arabic numerals and the red tipped second hand give this watch a more military feel than the Rolex Submariner. The twisting bracelet links are also a very interesting feature and definitely sets the Superocean II apart from the Rolex and its classic Oyster style bracelet.

Model:  A17365C9-BD67-161A

Movement:  Automatic

Engine:  Breitling Calibre 17

Band:  Stainless steel bracelet

Case Size:  42 mm

Water Resistance:  500 meters / 1650 feet

BUY FOR $2,895.00**At time of publication

Omega Seamaster Professional

The Omega Seamaster Professional is an excellent alternative to the Submariner as it is undoubtedly the second most famous dive watch in existence. It can also be bought for around a quarter of the price of the Rolex Submariner.

Model:  212.30.41.20.01.003

Movement:  Automatic

Engine:  Omega Calibre 2500

Band:  Stainless steel bracelet

Case Size:  41 mm

Water Resistance:  300 meters / 1000 feet

BUY FOR $2,749.00**At time of publication

Tudor Black Bay

Some might refer to the Tudor Black Bay as the ultimate Rolex Submariner alternative. The Tudor brand was in fact started by Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex, as a line that his agents could sell alongside Rolex watches at a more affordable price point.

With a 41mm case, the Black Bay is slightly wider than the Submariner, but retains the same overall Oyster form. The Tudor’s dial is strikingly similar to the Submariner, although the snowflake hands give this dive watch a unique look of its own.

Much like the Submariner, the Black Bay Heritage uses an in-house automatic Swiss movement.

Model:  79230N

Movement:  Automatic

Engine:  Tudor Calibre MT5602

Band:  “Rivet” Steel Bracelet

Case Size:  41 mm

Water Resistance:  200 meters / 660 feet

BUY FOR $3,195.00**At time of publication

Tudor Pelagos

The Tudor Pelagos is another Swiss-made Submariner alternative. It is obviously more expensive than any other watch on this list, but it is still available for well under half the price of a Rolex Submariner. The all-titanium Pelagos is available with a black or blue dial. The Tudor Pelagos is also available in left-hand drive, which is definitely a desirable option for lefty watch enthusiasts.

Model:  25600TN

Movement:  Automatic

Engine:  Tudor Calibre MT5612

Band:  Titanium Bracelet (Rubber Strap Included)

Case Size:  42 mm

Water Resistance:  500 meters / 1650 feet

BUY FOR $3,850.00**At time of publication

The beginning of the Rolex Submariner

The fact is that even before the introduction of the Rolex Submariner, there were predecessors in the Rolex collection. These were water-resistant watches which were made from the early 1930’s, but they were not complete tools for divers.

Eventually, Rolex came to start a partnership with Panerai which sold diving equipment and Rolex watches. Panerai Radiomir was combined with Oyster-shaped cases with caliber movement provided by Rolex.

One of Hans Wilsdorf’s employees, Jeanneret came up with the idea of making an entirely new division of Rolex which would make sports watches, including a diver’s watch. Since Wilsdorf was known for listening to his employees, he agreed with the idea and came up with the idea of a self-winding movement as well as a screw-down crown.

Eventually, Jeanneret developed a friendship with Jacques Cousteau, a famous explorer, and diver. The result of this relationship was that he tried to convince Rolex to make a watch specially designed for professional divers. Since Costeau was a valuable resource in the development of a professional diver’s watch who know the needs and demands of a professional diver, the Submariner was developed.

It is not clear whether the first Rolex Submariner had the reference 6204 or 6205. It’s not clear which of these came first, because to a large extent, they’re identical.

As for the first models, you won’t find the name ”Submariner” on the dial. Some 6204 do, however, have the Submariner text printed below the center pinion, while others don’t, and it is believed that the reason why some of the watches feature the Submariner name and others don’t is that Rolex faced unexpected trademark issues with the ”Submariner” name.

Maybe one of the most important reasons for the Submariner’s success is not because of its rotatable bezel or its high-quality movement – eventless things have probably been contributing factors as well, however, the most important factor is probably due to the fact that the Rolex Submariner is a universal timeless icon which features a design that is just as relevant today as 50 years ago, and it is also a watch which can be used for many different occasions as it is, despite being a diver’s watch, a universal watch. While the model has changed since it was first released, the distinct design and looks of the watch remain the same, and this is something that contributes to its immense popularity, as well as its heritage.

While most Submariner watches will never touch the ocean, we cannot forget the technical innovations and improvements that made the Rolex Submariner a tool used by the most demanding divers.

The Rolex Submariner became, upon its launch an important tool watch, made for a specific purpose, and featuring helpful characteristics and functions.

As the model was launched, the Submariner was popular among divers and oceanographers.

First of all, we have the rotating bezel, which nowadays is unidirectional to ensure that the time can only be less, and thus making sure that the diver doesn’t run out of oxygen while underwater since this is the main usage area for the Submariner’s rotating bezel.

Furthermore, the flip-lock clasp of the Submariner was specifically built to be handled with neoprene gloves, allowing for easy operation. From having no crown guards, eventually, the Submariner came to include crown guards to protect the crown of the watch from being damaged.

Since diving on great depths results in great pressure, a demand for a diver’s watch’s with a greater waterproofness eventually came around. As a result, Rolex introduced the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Sea-Dweller Submariner 2000. This model was the first edition of what is today known as the Sea-Dweller (and which is still in production), and this featured a 610m/2000 feet water-resistance as it was launched in 1967. The Sea-Dweller was built on the already existing Submariner model and made for Comex S.A. company. Rolex achieved the increased the water resistance by making the crystal thicker. The watch got the reference 1665.

Rolex’s Submariner model also featured more iconic traits, including the ”cyclops” on the date, which works as a magnifying for improved legibility, especially underwater, and luminous markers to allow checking the time underwater.

Rolex Submariner reference number 5514

Produced between 1972 and 1978, the Rolex Submariner reference 5514 is a special release of the 5513 and is made specifically for COMEX – Compagnie Maritime d’Expertises, which is a French company which specialized in engineering and deep diving operations. As such, their diver’s needed only the best diver’s watches, and Rolex had proven that they made the best diver’s watches.

The 5514 is based on the 5513, however, there are a few differences and modifications done to the watch. The most important difference is that the 5514 COMEX Submariner has a helium escape valve on the left side of the case, which is a feature made for deep-sea saturation divers who worried about their watch becoming pressurized inside their suits.

The COMEX Submariner was only produced in 150 examples, and therefore, it’s certainly one of the most expensive submariners out there.

In a way, the Comex is essentially a Sea-Dweller due to the fact of the helium escape valve, however, since the COMEX watch is based on the 5513, you may say that it is either a Sea-Dweller or a Submariner.

The COMEX was never available for sale to the public, but rather made as tools for the divers, who wore them as an integral part of their gear.