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The Submariner is an icon beyond the fence of Rolex and is considered the ultimate diver’s tool par excellence. With an established existence of 70 years, the watch has deliberately catered to the collectors with its timeless appeal and unmatched functionality that fetches it worldwide recognition. Since its release in 1953 as the first diver’s timepiece offering water resistance of up to 100 meters, the ‘Sub’ is one of the most easily recognisable Rolex creations.
Its style has hardly changed throughout history, making it even more desirable in all forms amongst the watch community. If the Submariner is what piques your interest, we assure to offer you the biggest pre-owned collection. At The Luxury Hut, you’ll get a fairly large selection of Submariner timepieces,including rare and vintage
When buying second-hand Rolex watches, accept nothing but the best, and we promise to give you the best watches at the best prices. Browse our online shop to pick your favourite model, and we’ll ship it to you for free with 100% security. Alternatively, visit us at our Hatton Garden store to try the watch on your hand. We’ll be delighted to assist you and help you pick your desired Sub model.
The Submariner links Rolex with the underwater world and embraces features that cater to the diver’s practical needs. In its 70 years long history, the Sub has undergone several improvements. Still, the watches always remain true to the original look, including an Oyster case with a matching steel bracelet, large indexes, a rotating bezel, and a distinctive dial. Since its launch, the Submariner has become a benchmark for diving watches and has surpassed all expectations.
During its release, the watch had a water resistance of 100 meters, which eventually went up to 200 meters and now 300 meters. Moreover, Rolex originally released the Sub with a 37mm case which switched to 40mm and then a 41mm case in 2020. These significant changes highlight Rolex’s technical ingenuity and design excellence and show how remarkable the Sub is as a diving tool.
The Luxury Hut’s inventory stocks vintage, rare, and certified unworn Submariner watches, thoroughly checked by our in-house watch specialists. All the watches are in excellent condition, and you can see all the model specifications, including whether or not the watch includes the original box and paperwork. We ensure 100% transparency in the process and want you to shop with complete peace of mind.
You can avail of our 0% APR finance over six months to shop at your convenience. If you have any questions or want to see the watch in person, call us on 0207 242 9160 to book an appointment, and we’ll be happy to walk you through the watch-buying process while giving you an expert-advice on all models.
Following the breakthrough release of the world’s first waterproof timepiece, the Oyster, in 1926, the release of the Submariner in 1953 marked another turning point in the brand’s history. It was an underwater survival tool that helped divers accurately measure how long they had been underwater. The Submariner took the watch world by storm with its unrivalled form and functionality and became a watch of choice to explore the deep.
Today, the Sub is available in various metals and sizes and looks beautiful in and out of the water.
When speaking of diver’s watches, one of the first names to strike your mind is the Rolex Submariner. Over the years, it has become more than a tool watch and hosts a spectrum of styles.
Along with those identities came a trail of nicknames, lovingly presented to the Sub models by the fans and collectors. Here are the interesting nicknames of the Sub:
Thanks to the perfectly balanced aesthetics of the Submariner, the watch has become quite a classic outside the diving world. Even though the Rolex icon has evolved aesthetically and technically, the features of a typical Sub remain the same. This is another reason why collectors adore it!
These unmistakable features make it look great with a diving suit and formal attire.
In 1953, Rolex released its first diver’s watch, the Submariner, with Ref. 6204. The reference was in production for a year or less, and even during that time, Rolex released quite a few Sub references. The earliest Sub ref. 6204 had a 37mm Rolex-typical Oyster case, rotating bezels with 10-minute demarcations, gloss black dial with distinct gold texts, pencil-style hands, small crown, screw-down (bubble-back) case back, and water-resistance of up to 100 meters.
Rolex watches hold great value, and the Sub is a classic investment timepiece that impresses with its high return.
Even though all Subs are valuable, the vintage models hold exceptional value, especially the ones manufactured before 1960. If you’re looking to invest, the below vintage references will secure a high return:
Material: Steel, Two-tone (steel and gold), Gold
Size: 37mm, 40mm, and 41mm
Dial: Luminous black, gold, icy blue, platinum and green
Bezel: rotation, unidirectional
Bracelet: Oyster, yellow gold or two-tone
1953: Rolex launches the ‘Submariner’ with a 37mm case and water resistance of 100 meters.
1959: The case size increases from 37mm to 40mm. The brand introduced crown guards.
1967: Transformation in the design. From instance, radium to luminescence, gloss to matte dials with black text, gilt gloss dial, etc.
1969: Introduction of the Date Complication at 3 o’clock in Rolex Submariner and the 1st Gold Sub model launch.
1979: The brand introduced 3 key changes. One is the change of acrylic crystal to scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Second, the bezels go frombidirectional to unidirectional. Thirdly,the water resistance changes from 100m – 300m.
1984: Rolex switched the matte to gloss dials with white gold markers. Also, the introduction of the first two-tone Submariner models by the brand.
1988: The brand switched the standard 316L steel with 904L steel for a higher polish and corrosion resistance.
2003: First Rolex Sub with a green bezel, Ref. 16610LV (Kermit) followed by the ‘Hulk’ Ref. 116610LV in 2010 and Ref. 126610LV ‘Starbucks’ in 2021.
2010: Introduction of the cerachrom bezel by the brand along with maxi dial and super case.
2020: Rolex launches Submariner models with 41mm case, slimmer lugs and thinner crown guards.
The Submariner family has grown with different colours, styles and designs, making it one of the most versatile Rolex watches. Here’s a list of the most popular Submariner models:
Ref. 16610 – It is one of the most easily recognisable and coveted Rolex models crafted in a 40mm stainless steel case with an Oyster bracelet, black dial with luminous hands and white gold markers, unidirectional rotatable bezel and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
Ref. 116610LV ‘Hulk’ – Rolex released the first green Submariner ‘Hulk’ in 2003 to celebrate the collection’s 50th anniversary. It featured a green unidirectional bezel with a green dial and is a true collector’s timepiece.
Ref. 116619LB – Popularly known as the ‘Smurf’, this Sub has a white gold case, blue bezel and a blue dial with a date display at 3 o’clock.
Ref. 116610LN ‘Smurf’ – The popular Submariner Date variant has an Oyster case and bracelet, a black dial, and a black bezel. The stand-out part is the cerachrom bezel. The versatile look of the watch makes it perfect to wear during diving and leisure time.
Ref.124060 – This is the latest Sub iteration with a 41mm case, unidirectional rotatable cerachrom bezel in black ceramic, black dial with large luminous hour markers, and oyster bracelet.
Are you ready to include this iconic Rolex wristwatch in your collection? At The Luxury Hut, you’ll have several Submariner options. All our pre-owned Submariner models are in excellent condition and come with a Certificate of Authenticity, a 14-day Easy Return Policy and a 12-month Comprehensive Guarantee. When buying a new or vintage pre-owned Sub, you can completely rely on our expertise and shop securely at the best price.
If you prefer to buy it online, we will ship your watch via FedEx for worldwide delivery and RoyalMail for next-day UK delivery. Both are free of cost!
For a personal shopping experience, you can book an appointment to visit us at our Hatton Garden store, where we can walk you through the process. We take great pride in our impeccable customer service and ensure you have a pleasant and stress-free shopping experience.
You can always come to The Luxury Hut to buy, sell or part exchange luxury watches. As trustworthy luxury watch dealers, we offer a speedy and secure service to ensure you get what you want without wasting your time. We can easily offer the best competitive value if you’re looking to sell luxury watches.
If you want to buy, we’re sure our exclusive watch collection will offer something that meets your taste and preference. Whether a Submariner or a GMT-Master, rest assured to get the best quality pre-owned luxury watch from our inventory. Moreover, if you’re interested in a trade, we assure to put up a smooth arrangement wherein you can part exchange your watch for any luxury timepiece from our collection.
Our 40 years of combined experience qualifies us as one of the most reliable names in the pre-owned watch industry. We understand you want the best deal when buying or selling your luxury timepiece. Appraise your watch from us, and our watch specialists will immediately offer you a free accurate valuation. This way, you can find out the worth of your timepiece.
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