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2023 is going to be a historically significant year for Rolex. This is specifically true of its arguably most famous watch, the Rolex Submariner. The Rolex Submariner has become the de facto industry standard for dive watches since it was originally released in 1953.
In order to celebrate this momentous occasion, Rubber B is going to take a look back at some of the most notable Rolex Submariner nicknames that have been given to various Submariner models over the years. It is worth noting that these are Rolex Submariner nicknames that have been coined by collectors and the horological press. As a matter of company policy, Rolex does not refer to these watches by these names in any of their promotional material.
James Bond – Ref. 6538
One of the earliest Rolex Submariner nicknames is also one of the most famous within this collection of watches. Reference number 6538 is informally known as “James Bond,” because it appeared in the very first Bond film, “Dr. No.” While Omega is now the official watch of James Bond, Ian Fleming mentioned in his original novels that Bond wore a Rolex watch.
Over the course of his time in the iconic role, Sean Connery would wear several iterations of the Rolex Submariner on screen. However, reference number 6538 is the one that has been officially given this nickname. It remains a popular watch among collectors, decades after its original release.
Milsub – Ref. 6538, 6540, 5513, 5517
The Milsub is another line of Rolex timepieces that has an interesting connection to the British military. Milsub is a combination of the words “military” and “submarine.” These watches were produced to the specifications of the British Armed Forces.
There were four total versions of the Milsub watches that have been released over the years. The 6538 and the 6540 references were released in the 1950’s. The 5513 and the 5517 references would come along several years later, in the 1970’s. Either way, each version of this watch demonstrates the precise craftsmanship that Rolex has become known for over several decades.
Bart Simpson – Ref. 5512, 5513
Although these watches were originally released in the 1960’s, these two versions of the Submariner, which were in production for a very limited time, would become most famous under the name of a character who would come along several decades later – Bart Simpson. The rambunctious and iconic character would come to define American animation for an entire generation around the world.
But why were these watches given this nickname in the first place? It has to do with the golden coronet, or crown, at the top of the watch. It happens to bear an unusually strong resemblance to the hair of the legendary neighborhood menace, making it sought-after by collectors today.
Kermit – 16610
In 2003, Rolex decided to do something quite exciting for the Rolex Submariner in order to celebrate its 50th anniversary. They would add a bright green aluminum bezel to the watch, which the general public enthusiastically accepted. This was, in part, due to the fact that the bezel was the same color as the beloved Muppet frontman, Kermit the Frog.
The watch was discontinued in 2010, making it a still popular commodity among Submariner collectors.
Vintage – Ref. 5512, a vintage Submariner model with a matte dial and no crown guards
The Rolex Vintage Ref. 5512 is a popular Submariner model from the 1960s that lacks crown guards and has a matte dial, making it highly collectible due to its scarcity, historical significance, and classic appearance. Despite being produced between 1959 and 1980, it is still a must-have for any serious vintage watch collector and demonstrates Rolex’s commitment to quality and innovation. Its distinctive characteristics make it a valuable addition to any collection and a sought-after item at auction.
Gold Sub – Ref. 16618, a Submariner made entirely of gold
The Gold Submariner, also known as the Ref. 16618, is a highly sought-after and luxurious model in the Rolex Submariner line. It was introduced in 1988 and quickly became a favorite among collectors due to its distinctive features and the prestige of owning a gold-plated watch. The opulent feel of the gold case and bracelet contrasts with the black dial and bezel to create the Gold Sub’s distinct appearance. Its association with James Bond and several US Presidents has increased its popularity. Overall, the Gold Sub embodies luxury, style, and prestige, making it a highly sought-after timepiece among serious watch collectors.
Ceramic – Ref. 116610, a Submariner with a ceramic bezel insert
The Ceramic Submariner, also known as the Ref. 116610, is a popular and modern Rolex Submariner model. Its ceramic bezel insert is highly durable, making it a practical and long-lasting option for a dive watch. The nickname “Ceramic” refers to this distinguishing feature, setting it apart from previous models. The ceramic bezel insert also adds to the watch’s overall modern appeal. Additionally, Ref. 116610 features a larger case size and improved bracelet design, contributing to its status as one of Rolex’s most popular models. The Ceramic Sub is a favored option among Rolex enthusiasts who appreciate its durability and innovative design.
LV – Ref. 116610LV, a Submariner with a green bezel and dial, also known as “The Hulk”
The LV, or Ref. 116610LV is a one-of-a-kind and highly sought-after model in the Rolex Submariner line. It is distinguished by its distinctive green bezel and dial, which give it a distinct and eye-catching appearance. Watch enthusiasts have affectionately dubbed it “The Hulk” due to its green color and robust design. When the LV was first introduced in 2010, it quickly became one of Rolex’s most popular models. The Submariner’s green color is meant to evoke images of the sea, which is appropriate for a dive watch. Overall, the LV stands out among Submariner models, providing a bold and stylish option for those looking to make a statement with their timepiece.
Two-Tone – Ref. 116613, a Submariner with a mix of stainless steel and gold
Rolex’s Two-Tone Ref. 116613 Submariner model combines stainless steel and gold for a distinctive and luxurious appearance. This watch has a blue ceramic bezel and a sunburst blue dial, as well as a bracelet and case made of 18-karat yellow gold and stainless steel. Its classic and versatile design, combined with its high-quality construction, make it a popular choice for both formal and casual occasions, appealing to watch enthusiasts who value functionality as well as style.
Smurfette – Ref. 116619, a white gold Submariner with a blue bezel and dial, or Smurf – Ref. 116619LB, blue bezel and dial
Both Smurfette and Smurf are nicknames for Rolex’s Ref. 116619 and Ref. 116619LB Submariner models. The Smurfette Ref. 116619 is made of white gold and has a blue ceramic bezel and dial, whereas the Smurf Ref. 116619LB also has a blue bezel and dial but is made of white gold. The nicknames are derived from the watches’ blue color, which is reminiscent of the Smurfs cartoon characters. Because of their striking color combinations, high-quality materials, and functionality, both models have become popular among collectors, making them highly sought-after timepieces in the luxury watch market.
Serti – Ref. 16613, a Submariner with a gold and diamond-set dial
The Serti Ref. 16613 is a Rolex Submariner model with a gold and diamond-set dial that gives it a luxurious and eye-catching appearance. The name “Serti” comes from the French word “Sertir,” which means “to set,” and refers to the diamond setting on the dial. Collectors prize this Submariner model for its distinctive design and high-end materials, including stainless steel and 18k yellow gold construction, as well as it’s water resistance and durability. The Serti moniker has become synonymous with this particular Submariner model, and it serves as a distinguishing feature that sets it apart from other Rolex models.
Blueberry – Ref. 16803, a vintage Submariner with a blue bezel and gold accents
The Blueberry Ref. 16803 is a vintage Rolex Submariner model with a blue bezel and gold accents, earning it the nickname “Blueberry.” It was manufactured in the 1980s and has a stainless steel case with a blue aluminum insert on the bezel, as well as gold-plated hands, hour markers, and a crown. Collectors prize the Blueberry Submariner for its unique color combination, rarity, and vintage appeal. The nickname “Blueberry” comes from the blue color of the bezel, which is said to resemble the color of blueberries. This model exemplifies Rolex’s commitment to quality and innovation, and its distinctive design has made it a highly sought-after timepiece among collectors.
Red Sub – Ref. 1680, a vintage Submariner model with a red “Submariner” text on the dial
The Red Sub Ref. 1680 is a vintage Rolex Submariner model with red “Submariner” text on the dial, earning it the nickname “Red Sub.” It was produced in the 1970s and has a stainless steel case and bracelet, as well as a black dial with white hour markers and hands. The “Submariner” text on the dial is in red, which was a unique feature at the time and made this Submariner model extremely collectible. The Red Sub exemplifies Rolex’s dedication to innovation and quality, and its distinct design has made it a highly sought-after timepiece among collectors. The nickname “Red Sub” refers to the distinctive red text on the dial that distinguishes this Submariner model apart from others in the Rolex lineup.
No-Date – Ref. 114060, a Submariner without a date complication.
The Rolex No-Date Ref. 114060 is a modern Submariner model with a classic design and no date complication, making it a popular choice for those who prefer a simpler and more streamlined appearance. This Submariner model is constructed of stainless steel and has a black dial and bezel with white hour markers and hands. The lack of a date complication lends the watch a more traditional appearance, making it a popular choice among purists and enthusiasts alike. Collectors and fans refer to the No-Date Submariner as the “Sub No-Date” or simply the “No-Date,” a nickname that reflects its lack of a date function and distinguishes it from other Submariner models that do have the feature.
Rolex Submariner Ceramic Cookie Monster – 126619LB
The Rolex Submariner Ceramic Cookie Monster Ref. 126619LB is a contemporary Submariner model with a blue ceramic bezel and a white gold case and bracelet, earning it the moniker “Cookie Monster.” The blue bezel is said to resemble the fur of the popular Sesame Street character, while the white gold case and bracelet add a luxurious and high-end look to the watch. The ceramic in the bezel increases the watch’s durability and scratch resistance. This Submariner model exemplifies Rolex’s dedication to innovation and design, and its distinctive appearance has made it a popular choice among collectors and fans. The nickname “Cookie Monster” refers to the watch’s playful and fun appearance, as well as its blue color, which is reminiscent of the beloved Sesame Street character.
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