Today we are going to talk about one of the most popular dive watches in the world. Do I even have to state the name of this watch? Well, for those of you who have not heard of this iconic timepiece it is indeed the Rolex Submariner. The Submariner dates back to 1954 at its debut ( Basel Watch Fair ) as one of the first true water resistant diving watches with a rotating bezel but there is a watch that did release a few months before which is the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms. Some will say Rolex “Copied” or produced a homage of the Blancpain but there is little proof or evidence to the exact dates these watches started planning or production. I will let you be the judge of that. This watch was also made popular in movies such as James Bond and is still seen here and there in movies. For example, Nicolas Cage wore a Submariner Pre-Ceramic date in “Lord of War” in a scene. ( Love that Movie ) Before we get way off topic the Submariner pictured and talked about below is the 114060, the Non-Date version of the most current Ceramic Bezel Submariner. It is my daily wear everyday watch that fits into literally every situation and dress code. Lets Dive into it, Shall we?
The 114060 is housed in a 904L stainless steel 40MM Oyster case which is really proportioned quite nicely with its thickness of 12.5MM and 48MM Lug to Lug measurement. The case features 300M of true water resistance and has a sterile screw down caseback.
The black dial is almost a deep black and a lighter black depending on the lighting condition and is super legibile and certainly a watch that is easy to read at a glance. The applied circular markers surrounded by 18K white gold are beautifully placed creating a true symmetrical dial and one that is also great for consumers who want a clean no nonsense watch face ready to tell time at a glance.
The Ceramic corrosion resistant Unidirectional 120 click rotating bezel is the best all around diving bezel in the watch industry in my humble opinion. Having operated numerous bezels from other luxury watch manufacturers I can surely say the buttery smooth precise clicks are to die for! Let’s not forget
you can also time up to 60 Minutes with the dive bezel.
The 20MM Oyster bracelet comprised of 904L stainless steel is completely brushed besides the inner clasp and sides of the bracelet. Polished screws help insure quick adjustment/resizing as well. This new style bracelet featured on the 114060 does have the Oysterglide adjustment clasp allowing the user to quickly adjust the watch in MM incriments on the fly. It is really quite useful and functional and definitely is one of the most comfortable bracelets I have seen on a modern diver. The clasp contains a safety with the Rolex crown logo which is raised.
The bluish color lume on the 114060 is “Chromalight”. This lume is definitely super strong and does last quite some time. I think the last time I actually used the lume in a practical situation is when I was in the movie theatre watching Dunkirk and needed to know the time.
The 114060 is equipped with a Sapphire crystal without Anti-Reflective coating. I would like to see Rolex use AR coating at some point in the future but this might be asking too much...
The finishing is 10/10 as you would expect
from a Luxury brand such as Rolex. The polished sides of the case are precise and sharp. The brushing is superb as well on top of the lugs and the entire bracelet. You will not find a mistake in the finishing on a modern Rolex timepiece.
The water resistance on this Professional diving watch is 300 meters. This is suitable for diving and is thoroughly tested before being shipped out from the Rolex factory located in Switzerland. To ensure water resistance the Submariner is equipped with a Trip-Lock screw down crown and a screwed down caseback. Although many consumers of the Submariner are not professional divers or even take part in recreational diving, it still is useful for water sports or general showering, swimming, snorkeling ect.
Entirely Developed and Assembled by Rolex
The movement inside of the 114060 is no other than the classic 3130 COSC Chronometer certified automatic movement. This movement is used in a wide array of other non date rolex models and is one to trust. The 3130 contains 31 Jewels and beats at 28,800 VPH ( Vibrations Per Hour ). In terms of accuracy expect around plus 2-3 seconds a day which is superb for a mechanical timepiece in todays times at this pricepoint. The stated power reserve is 48 hours which is definitely accurate having owned and worn this model for over 2 years now. Another nice feature is the Parachrom hairspring which helps with shock resistance and temperature variation.
The Rolex Submariner is an all around well built, finished, and iconic watch. I do prefer the Ceramic versions over the previous Non-Ceramic versions due to the newer bracelets and the chunkier case though. They do feel a bit more luxurious than its predecessors. It contains a trusted and tried reliable accurate movement which will last you atleast 5+ years before you will need to service it which is great compared to ETA movements which generally need to be lubed and serviced every 2-3 years. Some will see this watch as a “Status Symbol” which is quite odd. I myself see the No Date 114060 as a true purists watch looking for a well made reliable diver with rich history and holds value. The symmetrical dial down to the classic Mercedes hands and the buttery smooth bezel action is also a plus in my book. The 114060 retails at $7500 USD from an Authorized Dealer and usually sells Pre Owned at around $6500+. I will let you be the judge of the value proposition..
Check out the full video review on my YouTube channel of the 114060 linked below as well as some detailed photos.
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The first Rolex watches were not manufactured in-house, but instead were made by other watchmakers and then branded with the Rolex name. However, Wilsdorf had a vision of creating a wristwatch that was both reliable and accurate, and he set out to develop his own movements.
In 1910, Rolex became the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was a testament to the accuracy of the watch. Over the years, Rolex continued to innovate and develop new technologies and features, such as the first waterproof wristwatch in 1926, the first self-winding mechanism in 1931, and the first wristwatch with a date display in 1945.
Rolex has also been associated with several famous individuals, including explorers, athletes, and celebrities. For example, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay wore Rolex watches when they became the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953. Rolex has also been the official timekeeper of several sporting events, including Wimbledon and the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Today, Rolex is one of the most recognized and respected luxury watch brands in the world, known for its quality, precision, and timeless style.
OMEGA Watches History
In 1894, Omega revolutionized the watch industry with the introduction of the 19-ligne Omega Calibre, which was more accurate and reliable than any other watch movement of the time. This innovation earned Omega numerous awards and accolades, and the brand quickly became known for its precision and quality.
In 1903, Omega was chosen as the official timekeeper for the Gordon Bennett Cup, an international balloon race. This marked the beginning of Omega's long-standing relationship with sports timing and its reputation as a reliable and accurate timekeeper.
In 1932, Omega became the first brand to be awarded the Olympic Cross of Merit for its outstanding contribution to sports timing at the Olympic Games. Since then, Omega has been the official timekeeper for numerous Olympic Games, and its timekeeping technology has continued to evolve and improve.
In the 1950s and 1960s, Omega's watches were worn by famous explorers and adventurers, including Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay during their ascent of Mount Everest in 1953, and Jacques Cousteau during his underwater expeditions.
In the 1960s, Omega introduced the Speedmaster, a chronograph watch that was originally designed for motorsports but became famous as the first watch worn on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. The Speedmaster has since become one of Omega's most iconic and sought-after models.
Today, Omega continues to innovate and produce high-quality watches, including the Seamaster, Constellation, and De Ville collections. The brand also continues to be the official timekeeper for numerous sporting events, including the Olympic Games and the America's Cup.
BREITLING Watches History
In 1915, Breitling introduced the first wrist-worn chronograph with a separate pusher to control the start, stop, and reset functions, which made it easier to use than previous models. This innovation helped establish Breitling as a leading maker of chronographs and other precision timepieces.
During the 1930s and 1940s, Breitling continued to innovate with the introduction of the first chronograph with a second independent pusher, which allowed for the recording of multiple elapsed times. The company also developed the Huit Aviation Department, which produced wristwatches for pilots and other aviation professionals.
In the 1950s, Breitling introduced the Navitimer, a wristwatch with a built-in slide rule that allowed pilots to perform complex calculations in-flight. The Navitimer became an instant classic and remains one of Breitling's most popular models to this day.
In the 1960s, Breitling continued to produce innovative timepieces, including the Chrono-Matic, which was the first automatic chronograph movement with a micro-rotor. The company also introduced the Emergency, a wristwatch with a built-in distress beacon that could be activated in case of an emergency.
In the years since, Breitling has continued to produce innovative and high-quality timepieces for a variety of applications, including aviation, diving, and sports. The company has also maintained a strong commitment to precision and accuracy, with many of its watches featuring COSC-certified movements. Today, Breitling is recognized as one of the world's leading luxury watch brands, with a reputation for innovation, quality, and style.
In the early days, Longines primarily produced pocket watches, and quickly gained a reputation for precision and accuracy. By the end of the 19th century, Longines had become one of the leading watchmakers in the world. In 1912, the company introduced the first chronograph wristwatch, which was quickly adopted by the military and aviation communities.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Longines continued to innovate with the introduction of the world's first quartz clock and the first wristwatch with an automatic winding mechanism. During World War II, Longines produced wristwatches for the British Royal Air Force, and continued to produce military watches for several decades afterwards.
In the post-war years, Longines became known for its elegant and sophisticated watches, particularly its "Conquest" line of watches. In the 1950s and 1960s, Longines was a favorite of celebrities and politicians, and its watches were frequently seen on the wrists of Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, and other famous figures.
In recent years, Longines has continued to produce high-quality watches that combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern technology. The company is particularly known for its sport watches, including its "HydroConquest" line of diving watches and its "Conquest Classic" line of chronographs.
Today, Longines is owned by the Swatch Group, and remains a leading brand in the luxury watch industry. Its watches are prized for their precision, reliability, and timeless style.
In the early days, Tissot primarily produced pocket watches, and quickly gained a reputation for quality and precision. By the end of the 19th century, Tissot was one of the largest watchmakers in Switzerland, and was exporting its watches to countries around the world.
In the early 20th century, Tissot continued to innovate with the introduction of the first non-magnetic wristwatch, the first dual time-zone watch, and the first watch with a plastic case. During World War II, Tissot produced watches for the Allied forces, and continued to produce military watches for several decades afterwards.
In the post-war years, Tissot became known for its elegant and sophisticated watches, particularly its "Tissot Visodate" line of watches, which featured a date function and a distinctive "T" logo on the dial. In the 1970s, Tissot was one of the first Swiss watch brands to introduce quartz watches, which quickly became popular due to their accuracy and affordability.
In recent years, Tissot has continued to produce high-quality watches that combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern technology. The company is particularly known for its sport watches, including its "T-Touch" line of watches, which feature touch-screen technology and a range of functions such as altimeter, compass, and thermometer.
Today, Tissot is part of the Swatch Group, and remains a leading brand in the watch industry. Its watches are prized for their quality, durability, and stylish design, and are worn by watch enthusiasts and collectors around the world.