Rolex Submariner Date 116610LN
Rolex claims to have invented the water-tight watch case with the Oyster. True enough, they did produce the first commercially noteworthy water resistant watch with the Oyster. For that reason you see the “Oyster” label on a lot of Rolex products, even though there isn’t a Rolex watch called the Oyster these days. It is a signifier that the watch is water resistant. Of course, the Rolex Submariner is more than just that. Originally designed as a commercial diver’s watch in the 1950s, the Rolex Submariner today has a water resistance of 300 meters and a design that is incredibly similar to the original. This design that mixes sport and professional looks is one of the key factors to the design’s success. The dial of the Rolex Submariner is clever, yet easy on the eyes. The black and white design is meant to offer a high contrast for easy reading of the time. The lumed indicators and hands are meant to make it easy to read in the dark. A different style of hour and minute hand are there for legibility, and a special character for the 12 o’clock indicator is meant to make it easy to mentally orient the dial when looking at it from the side.
Rolex also uses 18k white gold on the dial for the hands and hour indicators. A few years ago Rolex switched from a green toned lumed to a blue one. This not only made the lume glow blue, but allows for it to look more white during the day. Rolex also increased the size of the hands and hour markers a few years ago when they introduced their “Maxi dial” style which I personally liked, but of course proved controversial. Every change the brand makes is controversial, even when they did something small such as removing the lug spring bar holes on the exterior of the case. The Rolex Submariner dial is a testament to legibility and functionality. The Rolex Submariner is a tool watch with a slick design that lasted the test of time. It is good because it was never design to be anything more than a good looking, legible dial. It is a tool, and we like tools that work well. Rolex also makes their own dials. Precision machining and printing on the dial is very good. When you look at a Rolex Submariner’s dial closeup, you’ll notice that the lume is evenly applied, and that everything is cut very well.
Watch condition (please refer to photos)
Case: excellent condition
Clock face: excellent condition
Glass: excellent condition
Back face: excellent condition
Bracelet: excellent condition
Movement: fully operational / checked for performance, authenticity and functionality.
Please consider the unique design of this model combining modern elements of the horologers with the spirit and appearance of the original model launched by Rolex Submariner mid-century.
Item and accessories will be delivered as pictured. Manuals, papers, certificate cards, booklets and boxes are only included in the delivery if mentioned in the description and/or shown in the pictures. The pictures show the actual watch you are buying. All pictures were taken by MD Watches.