The modern Submariners

1960:
The Submariner 5512


The first modern model of the SUBMARINER, reference ROLEX 5512, came out in 1960 .


Characterized by a case that is almost identical to the one we know now, the 5512 had a large winding crown (8mm) with very pronounced surround and moletage. It comes in caliber 1530 and 1570. Production continued until 1977. Almost all the 5512s obtained the standard of chronometer. The usual dial has white inscriptions and indicators. However, there is a series that was produced for the US with the SUBMARINER inscription and depth indicator in gold.


In 1962, the 5508 was replaced as basic model by the 5513, without the chronometer certificate. You can find it in the two calibers chosen for the 5512 (1530 and 1570). Examples also exist with inscriptions in gold. The first of these references have a winding with a very tapering surround (known as great horns). From the end of 1970, until production ceased in 1989, the hour indices are circled.

1965:
The Submariner 1680


In 1965, with the SUBMARINER 1680, ROLEX introduced two brand new features.

The date: the new SUBMARINER 1680 incorporated a chimney-type Cyclops lens glued to the outside of the acrylic crystal for easy date reading. The 1680 (caliber 1570 and 1575) SUBMARINER stayed in production for longer than any other model, and is now prized by collectors.


Introduction of the 18 carat yellow gold model 1680/8A to the range.

1986:
The “Transition Submariner”


The first SUBMARINER with a sapphire crystal, the model 16800 was produced for just three years, between 1986 and 1989. With the16800, ROLEX also introduced other improvements from the new SEA-DWELLER: 30350 caliber, safety lunette and index in gobelets. The maximum depth increased to 1000 feet/300 meters, and a version in gold and steel was launched with the reference 16803.


1989:
Contemporary Submariners


The present caliber 3135 model 16610 appeared in 1989. It is also available in gold and steel, 16613, and 18 carat gold 16618.

As for the SUBMARINER with no date, the 5513 came to the end of production in 1989, replaced by the present reference 14060 with sapphire crystal.


In 2003, ROLEX commemorated the 50th anniversary of its iconic watch with the issue of a special series. The commemorative SUBMARINER 16610LV had a green lunette, new bracelet, dial and Yachtmaster type index.


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