The Rolex Submariner is one of the most famous and iconic watches that set a golden standard for all luxury diving timepieces. It has a vital place in the history of watchmaking as it was the first-ever diver watch with water-resistant ability up to 100m (330ft).
The watch featured a 60-minute rotating bezel to track decomposition stops precisely. Moreover, the luminous detailing offered visibility in the vast darkness of the ocean.
However, Rolex has made many upgrades to the Submariner over the years, thereby offering in different design details, colours, and materials.
So the particular model that we will be exploring here today is the 18ct yellow gold Rolex Submariner Reference 16618. So continue reading to know about it.
In the 1950s, the Submariner made its debut in the market, featuring a steel body, bi-directional bezel, and a time-only dial. It was water-resistant to a depth of 100m.
The stainless steel versions during the first few generations underwent several updates, eventually paving the way for the Submariner 16618 that we know today.
Rolex increased the case size, added crown guards and a date window accompanied by Cyclops lens. Also, the watches were fitted with chronometer-certified movement.
The Reference 1680 was the first Sub to flaunt a date display. However, Rolex produced another variant of this watch (the Reference 1680/8) in all gold.
Next, the watchmaker unleashed the transitional Submariner Reference 16800, offering a high beat Calibre 3035 movement for the first time.
However, Rolex produced this transitional Submariner version only in steel, and it featured a uni-directional aluminium bezel and a black dial.
Following the Reference 16800 is an all-gold Submariner 16808. Rolex introduced the watch with a blue or black dial and bezel.
However, early versions of the Reference 16808 were offered nipple dials.
On the other hand, later versions sported dials with applied hour markers that resemble the ones present in contemporary Submariner references.
Moreover, Rolex furnished the Submariner Reference 16808 with “Serti Dials”, featuring sapphire and diamond hour markers on champagne or a dark rhodium-coloured dial.
The Reference 16808 made way for the 18ct yellow gold Rolex Submariner 16618. This first all-gold Submariner was powered by the Calibre 3135 movement.
Rolex continued to produce the watch until 2010. Later, the six-digit Submariner 116618 replaced it that featured a bigger “Maxi” dial and a ceramic bezel.
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