The Rolex Submariner is one of the most recognizable watches ever made. In the early 50’s, Rolex Director, Rene-Paul Jeanneret, who himself was a passionate scuba diver, brought an innovative idea to Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf. Jeanneret wanted a watch that he could dive with in the afternoon and then keep on his wrist for a night out while wearing a suit. This was a big departure for dive watches of the time, which were very much thought of as tool watches, but the idea hit home with consumers and this idea of a watch that is as comfortable in the ocean as it is at a cocktail party has lived on in every generation of Submariner since. The two-tone Submariner takes this idea to its logical conclusion by not only blending classic and tool watch design but also in the material used, steel and yellow gold, in the construction of the case.
For auction is what we consider an excellent wearer Rolex. Below are all of the real gritty details for the example but generally, this is not a safe queen, not a perfect example but one to wear and enjoy. These last of their kind Rolex Submariners lend themselves very well to this type of ownership as they blend utilitarian case sizing and design language with modern Rolex reliability and mettle. A set it and forget it type watch this example is as great an addition to an expansive collection as it is an option as the future owner’s first Rolex.
This example is being sold by its original owner and comes complete with its original warranty paper dated 2/16/00 and sold by Kokkeler Jewelry in Bismarck, North Dakota. Additionally, accompanying the watch is the factory care manual and Rolex box but the box is missing its padded insert.
The Case and Bracelet
Case condition of this Submariner is good, showing signs of a very light polish if any, and a life of wear but retaining the factory geometry of lug chamfers and lug brushing. A noticeable dent on the top rig lug and a cracked lume dome on the bezel should be noted and the bezel itself is showing excellently with no faults to note. The crystal shows no flaws.
A 93153 Oyster bracelet accompanies the watch along with correct and well fitting 401B stamped endlinks.. Condition is commensurate with the watch and there are 12 total links.
The Dial and Hands
The dial on this example is in great condition with no major flaws to the black gloss finish. The lume inside the white gold surround hour markers is Luminova denoted by “SWISS” at 6 o’clock. This would have been changed to “SWISS MADE” when Rolex switched to Super Luminova. The cases ‘A” serial dates the watch to 1999. The hands are in great condition, matching the dial well in terms of lume.
This watch features an automatic Rolex calibre 3135 movement with quick set date. The watch is running well and the service history is unknown.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic Rolex calibre 3135|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel and Gold|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel and Gold|
|Original Box||Yes (missing padded box insert)|