Rolex Submariner Date 18k
$ 43,990.00

Rolex Submariner Date 18k

Why We Love It

Submariner.

Gold Submariner?

Yes.

The Rolex Submariner is without question the brand's most iconic model, and is a perennial favorite among collectors, enthusiasts, fashionistas, and yes - actual divers. And while you aren't likely to see a Submariner clad in a yellow gold case gracing the outside of a dry suit, it's hard to argue that thes watches aren't every bit as awesome as their steel siblings - or perhaps even more so.

Casing a Submariner in 18K gold is almost a tacit acknowledgement that very few of Rolexes sporting models ever get used as originally intended - and that in its own right is a pleasing sentiment. It says that Rolex knows who they are, who their customers are, know they are above any possible reproach - and damn the torpedoes, we're making this beastie in solid gold!

Early 16618 models utilized Tritium luminous material, while later versions such as this particular watch, moved to Luminova. Dating to circa 2007-2008 and in outstanding condition throughout, this piece features an 18K yellow gold Oyster case, a simply gorgeous sunburst blue, or Bluesy dial with a matching unidirectional rotating dive timing bezel, an 18K yellow gold Oyster bracelet, and each and every bit of function as its stainless steel siblings down to the dive extension in the clasp.

Excellent.

This contradictory blend of technical design and functionality with a precious metal case is a polarizing one, and depending on how its worn (and indeed, by whom), can send very different signals - and we'll just leave it at that.

We, however, love it.

The Submariner Story

Rolex first debuted the Submariner at the 1954 Basel Spring Fair. It shared the stage with already-established offerings: the Explorer, the Turn-O-Graph, and a ladies' Oyster Perpetual with a chronometer certification. Compared to these other watches, the Submariner - with its oversized crown and chunky dive-timing bezel looked slightly out-of-place, and yet would become one of Rolex's most enduring models.

Rolex's quest to produce a waterproof wristwatch has its roots in the First World War, when a need arose for soldiers to have a watch that could withstand the wet, dusty conditions on the battlefield. Rolex's Oyster case of 1926 represented the culmination of a decade of development. It gained notoriety in 1927, when Mercedes Gleitze became the first British woman to swim across the English Channel. She took with her an early Rolex Oyster, in what may have been the very first example of sports marketing by a luxury brand. A series of advertisements followed this feat, featuring smiling flappers dunking their Rolex Oysters in fish tanks.

The Submariner hit the market at a time when oceanographer and explorer Jacques Cousteau exposed the world to the wonders of undersea exploration. With the advent of SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) in the late 1950s, skin-diving as a sport became accessible to amateurs. Since a mechanical timepiece was an essential piece of equipmeny for divers in a pre-digital world, the race was on amongst Swiss manufactures to produce a professional grade timepiece. Rolex was fortunate in that René Jeanneret, one of the company's directors, was a skin-diving enthusiast, giving Rolex a unique insight into the development of their diving watch.

The resulting watch was an overnight success, and has been in continuous production ever since. The Oyster Perpetual Submariner, in all of its forms, is an icon amongst icons, a pinnacle of horological design, and a statement piece aspired to and worn by people the world over.

Details

SKU: AS04967

18k Yellow Gold Oyster case is approximately 39mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 16618. Circa 2007-2008.

Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition showing only light signs of wear from gentle use. Luminous sunburst blue dial is in outstanding condition with applied gold Luminova indices and matching handset. Signed crown.

Includes solid link 18K yellow gold Oyster bracelet with signed fliplock claps with divers extension (93258/SEL).

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