Rolex is a brand known for developing innovative luxury wristwatches. This brand is considered by many to be the ultimate of status symbols, with many people choosing a Rolex watch as a gift or splurge purchase to indicate they have “made it”. Beyond the luxurious components and high quality craftsmanship of these watches, many appreciate the company for the functionality and reliability offered by their watches. The Rolex Submariner is a premier example of this innovation.
This line of watches is referred to as the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner. These
watches were specifically designed for divers and are admired for their incredible resistance to both water and pressure. Technically a subgenre of the Oyster Perpetual line, the first Submariner was produced in 1953. It was introduced into the market the next year at the Swiss Watch Fair and was immediately received as an instant classic.
Two Submariner models were put into production in 1953. Though given distinct case reference numbers, 6204 and 6205, the two models are essentially the same, with only very minor differences nearly undetectable by those not specifically looking for them. In fact, despite the chronological order of the reference numbers, it is actually not known which model was the original production model.
Those familiar with the modern incarnation of the Submariner will note obvious differences between the Submariner wristwatches of today and the original models. For instance, the hands of the generations of watches are very different. Though today’s Submariners are characterized by cathedral hands, also