Professional Advice On Buying Your First Rolex Submariner
Hello everyone! Today we are going to be comparing and contrasting three Rolex models. We are constantly being asked about our Rolex watches, and about Rolex watches in general. With many of our clients interested in understanding which Rolex watch is the best for them we are here to help break down with model maybe be the best suited model for your specific needs or wants. To start, all of Rolex’s sport models are by far their most popular models to date, and are typically always in high-demand. A sport model generally refers to a watch that Is larger and has more sport features. It will also have a color on the bezel, and insert. All the sport models have a bezel which is the round function around the face of the watch that checks the time, all submariner models also come equipped with or have a time indicator; meaning that if you are diving, and you set a time on the watch you are able to see visibly see the minutes on the bezel. In the newer models the bezel is a one directional movement, with a clicking sound indicating that the bezel is moving. Out of all their watches the Submariner is considered their most popular sport models. Sean Connery popularized the first Rolex Submariner diving watch in the first premiere of the James Bond feature film, as well as other prominent celebrity figures such as Roger Moorre. In the last number of years, another Bond- Daniel Craig (a good friend, and client of ours) had purchased a number of Submariners from us.
However, let's get back on the Rolex track. One of the things you want to consider is your budget. The first Rolex watch we are going to take a look at is the first Rolex Submariner which dates back to the late 1960s. This is the watch which was worn by all the 'Bonds' for its notorious history. The noticeable discoloration on the hands and markers is much like that of a gold patina color, in much different from the stark white color in the newer models. If you notice the glass on the watch, it is what is called ‘bubbled glass’. it is made from a very durable and high quality plastic and not glass. If scratched it can be polished relatively easily. It has the rotating bezel to check time, the automatic perpetual movement, and of course it has the original thick submariner bracelet with the double clasp and extension to be able to easily slid over a wet suit. Overall, the watch is in beautiful condition, and it truly is an exceptional Rolex watch with a ‘deep’ history (no pun intended).
The second Rolex we are going to be looking at is the later edition automatic perpetual movement Submariner which was released in the year 2000. This rolex watch features the ‘clicking’ one directional bezel as well as the black dial and insert as well. This watch features a much heavier bracelet, with a heavier buckle making for a more durable watch in the water as well as outside the water! This watch as mentioned before has an increase in weight unlike the older first edition Submariner. The watch is manufactured in a very durable steel and comes equipped with a Sapphire glass that is scratch, and chip proof. It is a very nice and simple watch that is suitable to be worn for any-occasion and is truly one of the nicest watches within the bunch.
The brand new model which was released in 2020, is an overall larger watch. The top of the case of the watch is appx., 20% larger than the 2000 model Submariner, and has a much more brilliant glass. The new and imporved bezel is now entieerly made from a ceramic material which ensures a cratch proof bezel as well. The bracelet is made slightly thicker than the standard model, and the demand for these new Rolex watches especially the latest version is outsourcing the overall supply making the market value of the newer watches closer to $14,000.00.
Typically, as a watch collector I am more drawn to the vintage models because of the uniqueness in rarity, history and the aged look of the watch is very appealing to the eye. It is important to be mindful of the fact that the older the Rolex Submariner, the more valuable or pricey the watch will typically be. However, If you are on a budget and don’t want to spend the big bucks for a new or vintage Rolex it is best to go for a pre-owned model that is either a relatively recent model, still not entirely new or entirely vintage. .
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