Rolex Submariner Date Two-Tone

Rolex Submariner Date Two-Tone

Why We Love It

You're looking at the next collectable Submariner!

The recently discontinued 40m Submariner lineup was the first Submariner to feature the now-famous ceramic dive timing bezel and 'Maxi Case' configuration. Introduced in 2012, these watches have become the gold standard for steel diving watches, and was just updated slightly in September 2020.

This particular watch, a Reference 116613LB, is finished in two-tone 18K yellow gold and steel. With a ceramic bezel, solid link Oyster bracelet with a Glidelock clasp, a magnified sapphire crystal, and a beautiful gloss blue dial with gold Chromalight indices and a matching handset, this watch offers a bit more flair than a "run-of-the-mill" Submariner - and we are into it! This watch also comes with its serialized hangtag, a service card from RSC dated 2016, and its original warranty card dated 2011.

While admittedly not for everyone, there is something about a two-tone Submariner that, to us, just works. Be it the versatility, or the relative value next to its full-gold and full-steel counterparts, two-tone offers a compelling value proposition for the Submariner line.

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 equipment 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.


SKU: AS05288

Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 40mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 116613LN. Circa 2011.

Overall Condition: The case is in very good condition showing light wear consistent with age and use. Gloss blue Chromalight dial is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed crown.

Includes 18K yellow gold and stainless steel two-tone solid link Oyster bracelet (97203/SEL) with signed Glidelock clasp. Also includes serialized hangtag, service card from Rolex Service Center dated 3/3/2016, and warranty card from Rüschenbeck, Dortmund dated 9/28/2011.

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