The Rolex Submariner, launched in 1954, was created by Rolex for the diving community. Today, it’s arguably the world’s most recognizable timepiece and is on every watch lover’s wish list – whether they dive or not.
It’s no different in the world of high-profile athletes, actors, musicians, and tastemakers. The Rolex Submariner is a staple in their watch collections, with some of them owning several models.
Here’s our report of who wears what, when it comes to the Rolex Submariner:
For Rolex Submariner purists, nothing beats the classic stainless steel and black Rolex Submariner. The Submariner 5512 and 5513 are the ancestors of today’s stainless steel Submariners, because they epitomize the original Submariner – no date complication, stainless steel with an acrylic crystal, and with crown guards. The 5513 was also famously worn by Steve McQueen, and by Sean Connery and Roger Moore as James Bond. Photo from Tom Ford on Instagram<be
Rolex has produced several solid yellow gold versions of the Submariner – the ref 16808 with a nipple dial, the ref 16618 of the 90s, and the current ref 16618. The contrast between the all-gold construction, and the black dial and bezel, sure ups the ante of the diver watch in the looks department, and gives it a more luxurious feel. Photo from Justin Theroux on Instagrame>
A tool watch made entirely of 18k white gold? Only Rolex can think of that. The Rolex Submariner ref 116619, or “The Smurf” also comes with a bright blue dial and bezel, and the Sub’s characteristic luminous markers and Mercedes hands. It may be odd for an ultra-luxurious watch to be used for diving, but the Smurf can do it, and do it well. Video from Qantas on YouTube
If an all-gold Submariner is too grandiose for your taste, you can get the best of both worlds with a Rolesor, or a two-tone stainless steel and 18k yellow gold model. Two-tone timepieces are a hit with the younger crowd, who like a hint of warmth on an understated watch. Just take your cue from Nick Jonas. Photo from American Music Awards on Instagram
Over the years, the Rolex Submariner has seen incredible upgrades, and the Rolex Hulk – with a green dial and bezel, showcases many of them. Apart from its very regal color, it also features the highly coveted Cerachrom bezel, and larger Chromalight hour markers and hands. A modern, unorthodox watch for those who want a watch that’s out-of-the-box. Video from GQ on YouTube
If you’re into two-tone models but want a pop of color, the Submariner ref 116613 in blue would be perfect for you. The blue dial and bezel, and 18k yellow gold combination, add a glow to the functional and robust design of the Rolex Submariner. A great choice for someone who wants a highly functional watch that commands attention. Photo from Queen Latifah on Twitter