Most Luxurious Rolex Submariner Models

When the Rolex Submariner made its debut in 1953, it was very much a tool watch. With a stainless steel construction, water resistance of up to 300 ft and a rotating bezel to track elapsed time, it was built specifically to accompany divers.

However, throughout the course of almost seven decades, the Rolex Submariner has evolved into not just an all-occasion watch but a luxury timepiece as well. In fact, it’s now more common to see the Rolex Submariner in formal occasions than strapped on a wetsuit. The iconic dive watch has become the watch that can do it all — from diving below the surface to a day at the office, and even worn under a tuxedo.


If you’re in the market for a dressier Rolex Submariner, here are 4 of the most luxurious models to own.


Serti Dial


The two-tone Rolex Submariner has been the choice of those who want just a touch of gold on their watch. This configuration adds subtle sparkle to the mix.

Also dubbed The Sultan, the “Serti” dial Rolex Submariner comes with a champagne or slate dial and is set with 8 round diamonds, a pyramid cut sapphire at 12 o’clock and a pair of baguette cut sapphires at 6 and 9 o’clock.


The term Serti is French for “to set”, and is a name used by Rolex for its line of sport watches that are fitted with precious stones — specifically diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. The Serti Rolex Submariner was last produced in 2008, but is still available in the pre-owned market today.

in photo: Submariner Steel Gold Diamond Sapphire Serti Dial Mens Watch 16613



Serti Dial
Rolex Submariner Diamond Sapphire Serti Dials in Rolesor and Yellow Gold



Diamond Serti Dial


This version of the Rolex Submariner combines the most desirable modern upgrades on Rolex sport watches: the scratch and fade-proof Cerachrom ceramic bezel, the Maxi Dial with larger luminous hands and markers, plus the “Super Case” which gives it broader lugs and a larger look on the wrist.


Aside from these, what makes the ref 116613 truly stand out are the diamond hour markers. This can be considered a more understated version of the Serti dials, where traditional luminous hour markers are in place of the sapphires at 6, 9, and 12 o’clock. This is perfect for those who want the classic look of a two-tone Rolex Submariner, with subtle shine.

in photo: Submariner Steel 18K Yellow Gold Black Diamond Dial Watch 116613



Yellow Gold


Could there be anything more luxurious than a solid 18k yellow gold Rolex watch? The Rolex Submariner ref 116618 is the epitome of modern sophistication, combining the contemporary features such as the Cerachrom bezel, Maxi Dial and Super Case, with an 18k yellow gold construction.


This model comes with a choice of either a black or blue dial and bezel, while gold surrounds on the hour markers and hands add stunning contrast.

in photo: Submariner Yellow Gold Blue Dial Ceramic Bezel Mens Watch 116618



Steel Yellow Gold
Rolex Submariner Yellow Gold Black Dial Ceramic Bezel, with Rolex Submariner Steel 18K Yellow Gold Black Diamond Dial Watch



White Gold Blue Dial


Launched in time for the 100th year anniversary of Rolex, the Rolex Submariner ref 116619 is incredibly luxurious and quite rare.

Far from the average dive watch, this timepiece is the first and only Submariner crafted entirely from 18k white gold, which is forged in the Rolex foundry. It also features a blue-on-blue bezel and dial that has earned it the nickname “Smurf” among collectors.


What makes it even more unique is the vibrant blue dial. It has a flat blue color with a glossy, almost wet-looking lacquered surface, which further distinguishes it from the sunburst blue dials fitted on most blue Rolex Submariners.

in photo:  Submariner White Gold Blue Dial Ceramic Bezel Watch 116619





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