The Submariner was introduced by Rolex in 1954. Since then, the Rolex designers could be accused of being the laziest designers in the world of watchmaking because the basic style changed little to the present day. Maybe that is one of the contributing factors to the success of this model.
The Oyster case was always a superior product to its competitors mainly because of the patented screw down crown but the early Rolex movements were dogs. The Omegas, Longines, Certinas and just about every other brand produced better movements. Even the much simpler, and cheaper, Seikos of the 70’s had movements that outperformed the Rolex. And, to add insult to bad performance, watchmakers hated repairing the early Rolexes and would gleefully bag them out.
We come to this 2011 model: Without getting technical, the in house movement is better than just about anything else available on the market. The aluminium bezel insert has been replaced with a ceramic one that Rolex call Cerachrom, making the whole top virtually scratch proof. The clasp, which was always ordinary in Rolex, has been replaced with an amazing piece of engineering that they call a glidelock clasp. A little hard to describe with my limited literary ability but just take my word for it, it is superb.
The Submariner sells new for about $11,500. That’s a lot of money, but you do get a lot of watch for that. The legendary, tried, true (and improved)Oyster case, the sapphire crystal with date bubble, the ceramic bezel, the certified chronometer in house movement and the glidelock clasp not to mention second to none finish and construction, all add up to a timepiece that is superior to just about any other regardless of price……it is as close to indestructible as a watch can get.
Technically, the best watch I have in my collection.