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18K Yellow Gold Submariner Rolex

Jul 19, 2013

The Rolex Submariner is the quintessential divers watch. It is iconic and instantly recognized. It was the watch of favor to world famous diver and underwater adventurer, Jacques Cousteau. It was the first Rolex watch to be worn in a James Bond film, appearing on the wrist of Sean Connery in the classic Bond film, Dr. No. It is often imitated, even by some of the most venerable watch brands, but never successfully. It is what all divers watches aspire to be. Rolex first introduced the Submariner to the public in 1954, at the Basel Watch Fair in Switzerland. Since that time there have been many versions and iterations of the Submariner. Some of which are the most valuable, most sought after, and most collectible Rolex watches out on the market. At 40mm, and with ideal proportions between case, lugs and bracelet, the Submariner is wonderfully comfortable on the wrist, and can easily function as both a dress watch and a sport watch. While the Submariner is classically a tool or utility watch, is also unquestionably a luxury watch. One small example, most watch companies make their metal bracelets with links that are all of the exact same size. The Submariner has tapered links, meaning that the links get slightly narrower as they travel from lugs to clasp. Although this requires Rolex to manufacture more parts and more components, to accommodate the different size links, they do so because it enhances both the comfort and the look of the bracelet. 18k This Submariner model is the 116618LN. It is part of the class the comprises the newest version of the Submariner, and is made of solid 18K Yellow gold. Although they are all subtle, the most significant changes to the Submariner can be found in the case and dial, bezel, bracelet, and clasp. The new case and dial, known as the “Maxi” case, now has slightly larger lugs, as well as a dial with larger hands and markers. This accomplishes two things, it provides enhanced legibility for the wearer and it is more in line with the general proportions of the watch. The bezel insert is now made from a material know as “Cerachrom.” A special and unique ceramic, developed exclusively by Rolex. This new bezel is more resistant to scratches and weather fading, and is more luxurious in touch and feel, than the old aluminum bezel insert. The bracelet is now made from all solid links, as opposed to the older hollow links. This provides a more balanced weight to match the solid and hefty case the Submariner has always had, as well as giving a sturdier and more impressive feel to the bracelet itself. And perhaps most importantly, it prevents the undue stretching and sagging sometimes seen in previous model Rolex bracelets. The clasp has been made sturdier and heftier together with the bracelet, and can proudly boast that it is the only Rolex watch to sport the new Rolex Glidelock clasp. The Glidelock clasp allows the wearer to make quick and easy micro adjustments on the go, as ones wrists naturally expands and contracts in warmer and colder temperature. And for the sportsman, it allows for the simplest and quickest way to adjust the bracelet to fit over a wetsuit. Whenever Rolex makes changes to their models there is always controversy. In this case, I think that there is no question that we now have a more functional, more comfortable, more beautiful, Submariner. All while keeping within the unmistakable and historical styling the Submariner has always has. The Submariner has been adored for almost 60 years, and with this new version, we can be assured that it will continue to be adored for years to come.

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