One of the world’s first dive watches, the Rolex Submariner was launched in 1953 and is a true legend in the world of horology and one of the most famous watches ever made. It is often said that the replica Rolex Submariner was the blueprint for the modern dive watch, and the model has continued to be produced over the years, evolving each year as better materials and technology have become available.
Although it was originally designed particularly for scuba divers, the Submariner has transcended its tool watch origins and can now be found on the wrists of countless people all over the world, many of whom do not dive at all. As electronic dive computers have completely replaced mechanical watches in actual diving applications, today’s dive watch owners have more freedom to choose their timepieces for a myriad of other factors besides their performance underwater. Among these models that fall somewhere between vintage and modern, the Rolex Submariner 14060 is easily one of the fan favorites.
No one can argue that the contemporary Rolex Submariner is a very nice and impressive timepiece. Likewise, no one can deny that the vintage models of the world’s most popular best fake watches are the epitome of understatement and are specifically designed to be cool.
However, both modern and classic have their drawbacks. The larger 41 mm case and Maxi dial in the current collection are not to everyone’s taste, nor are the previous generation’s thicker Super Case models – the thicker lugs, crown protector and enlarged indexes represent a compromise by Rolex for those eager to get the Submariner over its historic 40 mm size.
The brand’s patented Cerachrom bezel, while virtually impervious to daily wear, will never develop the distinctive patina that many collectors look for in vintage models. Moreover, despite the fact that fake Rolex reduced the lugs when it introduced the current generation of 41 mm watches, the Submariner is still a decidedly modern watch that is much larger than the older aluminum bezel reference watches.
In contrast, some of the features that made later models easier to use on a daily basis were missing from the first quarter-century or so of the Submariner’s existence. For instance, the hard sapphire crystal did not replace the former plexiglass until the late 1970s. The rotating bezel did not become unidirectional until the early 1980s, and of course, modern movements will almost always outperform those of the past.