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The Rolex Submariner, along with the Daytona, is one of the most recognisable and desirable watches in the world. The Rolex Submariner was released by Rolex in 1954 and designed as a divers watch. The original version of the Submariner, the reference 6205 featured the now familiar dial layout with inverted triangle at the 12 o'clock position, baton markers at the 3, 6 and 9; and dot marker for the remaining hours. Early examples of the Submariner 6205 were fitted with thin, pencil shaped hands. It was not until the second series that Rolex fitted the now iconic Mercedes-style sports hands. The general design of the Rolex Submariner evolved over the years but the basic formula remains the same - a sports watch with a rotating bezel, easily readable dial and a bracelet with a divers extension. Our collection of used Rolex Submariner watches caters for everyone’s tastes and budgets. If you’re ready to invest in a pre-owned Rolex Submariner, contact us today and we will be happy to answer any questions.






The Rolex Submariner was released by Rolex at BaselWorld in 1954. However, Rolex actually produced the Rolex 6202 Turn-O-Graph in 1953 and believe this to be the birth year of their iconic dive watch. The reference 6204 was the first Rolex to feature the word "Submariner" on the dial and the now instantly recognisable dial lay-out of inverted triangle at the 12 o'clock position, baton 3, 6 and 9; and dot markers for the remaining hours. The Mercedes-style sports hands first found their way onto the Submariner reference 6205. The Submariner slowly evolved throughout the 1950's and made its way onto the big screen in 1962 when Sean Connery wore a Submariner reference 6538 in the first James Bond film: Dr No. It was not until 1969 that the Rolex Submariner featured a date with the release of the 1680. The 1680 was also the first Submariner to feature a magnification cyclops above the date window. The Rolex Submariner continued to evolve through the 1970's and in 1979 Rolex released the 5 digit version of the Submariner starting with the 16800. This transitional Submariner featured a number of upgrades on previous version including a sapphire crystal, the patented Triplock crown, a depth rating of 300m (1,000ft) and a ratcheted, unidirectional rotating bezel. The Rolex Submariner 16610 was released in 1988 and was powered by the brands longest serving movement, the Rolex calibre 3135. Tritium dials were eventually phased out in the late 90's with watches being fitted with "SWISS MADE" examples - featuring SuperLumiNova filled hour marker and hands. In 2010 released the Rolex Submariner 116610LN which saw a massive upgrade on previous versions including a black Cerachrom (ceramic) bezel, 40mm 'Super Case' and 'Maxi Dial'. Want to know more about specific Rolex Submariner models such as the 5513, 14060 and 16610LV Kermit? We will be releasing in depth reviews on all your favourite Rolex Submariner models very soon.




Our collection of pre-owned Rolex Submariner watches include the 5513, 14060, 16610 and 116610. At Swiss Watch Trader we specialise in selling only the very best examples of the classic Rolex Submariner and unless there is a valid reason, ALL Submariners will include their original boxes and papers. When buying any Rolex Submariner you need to ensure you are getting the very best example for the very best price. You should always look for Submariners that are complete with their original inner and outer boxes, warranty certificate or card, manuals, hang tags and if possible original sales receipt. A 'Full Set' Submariner is always going to increase in value at a higher rate than an examples that are missing important items such as the original warranty certificate. It is also important to select a Rolex Submariner that is complete with the boxes and papers that were originally supplied with the watch. Manuals will always be date stamped and boxes are specific to certain models and years. Another important item that should be included is the green hang tag  - especially for Submariners such as the 16610LV Kermit and 116610LV Hulk as this is the way to identify the watch as an LV rather than a standard LN. Want to know more about buying a pre-owned or used Rolex Submariner? We will be releasing an in depth guide very soon. Please get in touch if you have any questions about any of our new, used, pre-owned and second hand Rolex Submariner watches.

Contact Us today and we will be happy to answer any questions.