Debuting in 1953 and released to the public the following year, the Rolex Submariner has undoubtedly become one of the most iconic timepieces of all time, thanks to its legendary status as Rolex's flagship dive watch. Used extensively by the British Royal Navy and professional diving operations like COMEX, the Submariner set the bar for all dive watches to follow. Featuring a genuinely timeless design that has remained relatively unchanged throughout its history, the Rolex Submariner has become the archetypal sports watch. With very few large-scale aesthetic upgrades made to it over the years except for timely advancements like introducing a date function to the collection in the late '60s, and its modern cerachrom bezels, the Submariner is seen as the prototypical dive watch thanks to its consistency. As a result, the Submariner has earned its status as a legendary watch, with it still remaining as one of the most sought-after timepieces around.
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Est. value range
$8,000 – $12,000
Overall condition is near-mint. Dial and bezel appear to be like new. Caseback retains the full sticker from the time it was originally sold. Bracelet has minor surface abrasions from light use, in particular on the buckle. There are a total of 11 bracelet links.
Perhaps one of the most iconic watches ever created, the Submariner is the archetypal luxury timepiece, and the ref. 16610 is its longest-running and best-known variant with 20 years of service from 1988 until 2008.