The Rolex Submariner is acknowledged worldwide as the absolute diver’s watch. It is the timepiece that rewrote history of modern watches and is considered the ultimate symbol in its genre. Never has a watch possessed the design and qualities needed for conquering both the sea and the land. In the depth of the sea it is the quintessential diver’s instrument and at the surface it is known as a device of action. The Rolex Submariner wears the supreme crown when it comes to water resistance capabilities and the refinement of its design.
I have to be honest with you and admit from the start that I truly love the esthetics of the Rolex Submariner. Everything is perfectly designed and constructed so that this beautiful watch looks fabulous on your wrist. Just take a look at the dial and you will understand what I mean. The color is of the most gorgeous blue I have ever seen. It is the kind of blue that reminds you of deep blue ocean. This superb harmony is completed by the white and silver of the hour markers and hands. The overall appearance is of an elegant and modern watch destined for watch passionate people of all ages.
The Cyclops lens over the date respects the perfect balance between the intense blue dial and the delicate white accents by precisely magnifying the date and its clear white background. Over this flawless design you find a clear sapphire crystal acting as a scratch proof layer between the roughness of the outside world and the delicate perfection lying on the inside of the Rolex Submariner. The bezel rotates unidirectional and fancies the same color scheme. Also, if you take a closer look you will notice the Rolex name engraved all around the inside of the dial and the famous laser etched crown on the crystal over the 6 o’clock marker.
I must admit that the well-known Oyster band on this fake Rolex Submariner is very well made on this model. The stainless steel is sturdy and heavy. Very nice polished on the edges. It feels and looks great. I was surprised to see how easy the retaining clasp works. It doesn’t get stuck in and you don’t need to break a couple of nails just to open it. The classic Rolex crown is delicately shaped in the clasp and has a functional purpose, not merely a decorative one. It is the part that you pull when opening the band. What I don’t like is that the dive suit extension isn’t built into the clasp. All genuine Rolex Submariner watches have it and a good replica should also present this feature. Normally you don’t need one, but it still is an authenticity marking and not having it makes your imitation watch vulnerable to the more experimented eye.
A modern touch of this model is its particularly oversized Triplock crown. If you look closely at the winding crown you will see the Rolex crown symbol and 3 small dots. The 3 dots symbolize the Triplock capability which represents the extensive water resistance of the original Submariner, up to 300 meters. Of course, this being a replica, you can simply admire and enjoy the fact that it replicates with high accuracy all the details of the genuine watch, but you have to face the truth and understand that this watch isn’t suitable for deep diving. In addition, the watch has a screw down winding crown which allows you to set both the time and date by changing from one mode to the other. Rolex Company is well known for its winding crowns- complex in functionality and still very natural to use.
What are the main differences between this watch and the original one? I have noticed two main differences. The first one is the absence of the dive suit extension. The dive suit extension is the holes on the sides of the claps that allow you to adjust the size of the band without removing or adding links to the bracelet. It is very useful when you are diving with the watch and you want to wear it over your diving suit. And this takes us to the second difference: the water resistance of the watch. The original one is recommended for diving while this replica isn’t. The maximum recommended water exposure is to the rain or to a few splashes of water while washing your hands. These are the basic difference I have noticed so far. From my point of view, the rest of the watch looks and feels just like the real one does.
The Rolex Submariner is one of the most popular watches around the world. Over time, due to its design and outstanding diving functions it became the number one choice for numerous watch collectors and professional divers. It is the watch that started as a precise diving instrument and evolved to be a luxury fashion jewelry, the object of our adoration and desires. I for one, I absolutely love it and consider it to be the ultimate designer timepiece, a masterpiece in the world of precise time keeping devices.