The Oyster Perpetual Submariner is an icon among diving watches. The watch played a major role in making the underwater world accessible. The Submariner was launched in 1953 and was the first diving watch to be waterproof to a depth of 100 meters. After the invention of the Oyster, the world's first waterproof wristwatch in 1926, this was the second major breakthrough in the technical development of waterproofing. The Submariner represents a historic turning point in the watch world.
Despite experimenting with diving watches since the early 50s, Rolex formally launched the Submariner in 1953 with the reference 6204. The new timepiece was extremely water resistant and could handle a depth of 100 meters, something that no other watch brand had matched until then. Although the launch of the Submariner was considered hugely successful, it would not have attracted the general public en masse until the 60s.
At its core, the current Submariner is still the same watch as the original launched more than half a century ago. In addition, the Rolex Submariner has been the blueprint for contemporary sports watches since its introduction in 1953. Almost all diving watches that exist today have been influenced by the Rolex Submariner. An important part of the Submariner's enduring success is the fact that the Rolex Submariner has retained its robust and sporty appearance all these years. At the same time, he has always been sophisticated enough to wear to, say, a formal dinner party or board meeting.