Men who guide the destinies of the world wear Rolex Watches. That is the tagline for a vintage Rolex adverts, and one that, although a bit over-the-top, rings true in many ways. A company built upon craftsmanship and timeless style (pun intended), I was first introduced to the Rolex Submariner by my father when I was 19. He imparted the distinction of the brand and what separates it from the rest of the field.
Launched in 1953, the Rolex Submariner was the first watch that was guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). Today’s Submariner can withstand the pressure at a depth of 300 metres (1,000 feet) and is designed to resist extreme conditions. To protect the movement from water and dust, Rolex invented the Oyster case in 1926. And then, in 1954 created and patented the Triplock winding crown to ensure even greater protection. The Triplock consists of 10 different elements crafted from the most reliable materials. Once assembled, it screws down onto the Oyster case as tightly and securely as a submarine hatch. The Submariner’s rotatable bezel is a key functionality of the watch. The graduations provide the diver with an accurate indication of diving time. For safety reasons, it rotates only counterclockwise, so there is no chance of overestimating dive time or the amount of breathing mix remaining in the tanks. The luminescent capsule ensures legibility, no matter how light-deprived the environment.
The Submariner is a must have, and the cornerstone for any young man looking to start an appropriate collection of timepieces. Start saving...this is time worth spending.