The Rolex Submariner replica is inextricably linked to the struggle of mankind to conquer the ocean. Yet it was not easy to develop a watch that could go to great depths. To test the water-tightness, a specially designed Rolex Deep Sea Special was connected to the outside of a submarine in 1953, reaching a depth of 3,115 meters in the Mediterranean. Fake Rolex again proved to have the know-how in-house.
The Submariner replica has been replaced with aluminum bezel which was back in 1989 and was in production until 2010. In 2010 we saw the introduction of the Submariner Rolex replica we are discussing here in the ref. 114060 as well as the date model ref. 116610. Updates that were made to the newer versions were: the most obvious inclusion of the Cerachrom (that's Rolex for ceramic) bezel; superior Chromalight lume; the addition of four click-springs used in the bezel (the previous 16610 used one click-jump) which allows for a smoother and more accurate setting on the bezel; the upgraded caliber 3135 which uses the Parachrom hairspring; and finally the newer models have larger crown guards and lugs.
In 1954 the first Submariner was introduced at the Basel Fair and was a great success from the start. Rolex always had a certain type of person in mind for which the watch was designed. Think of the somewhat later GMT for the pilot, the Explorer for the explorer. The legendary for the professional divers was born. In the following years, Rolex is experimenting and improving at a rapid pace. In 1959 comes the reference 5512 chronometer and in 1962 the reference 5513. This view is the basic appearance of the current Submariner.
The Submariner replica you see here is one of the most famous references in the line of the Submariner. Reference 16610 was produced until around 2010. Until about 1998 Rolex used tritium in the hands and index, after which they switched definitively to Luminova. The diver that we show here, from 1991, still has that beautiful tritium index, which has given the watch character over time. The white gold border around it gives a nice contrast on the black dial and increases the readability. Rolex replica thinks that not only the appearance of the watch should speak, but also the practical functions are not forgotten.
Submariner 16610 History
While vintage Submariners get much of the attention these days, and some rare variations have been achieved in legendary levels of value and collectability; there are plenty of other Submariner references that excel in cost/ease of ownership and the ability to wear and tear or daily use.
One particular Submariner's reference is that the reference 16610. Although it lacks the virtually scratch-proof Cerachrom (ceramic) bezel insert, the reference 16610 Submariner is powered by Rolex's caliber 3135 movement, which is the same movement that Rolex uses inside their date-displaying Submariner watches today.
Quite a few people will recognize that the Raven Venture is a great deal of design inspiration from the Tudor Heritage Ranger. The characteristic 3, 6, 9 layout adorns a large portion of visual space while serving to enhance legibility. Raven also incorporated a similar snake hand that is well-proportioned in comparison to the simple minute hand. Both are of an adequate length and mix well with the bright orange spear tip seconds hand. At around 4:30 we also get a date window aperture. It personally did not bother me much and thankfully, Steve chose to work with a matching date wheel.
I have seen in the micro-brand space. Each and every link is solid, brushed stainless steel and the left is solid as well. It delivers a premium feel that has really changed me to avoid changing straps altogether - I'd almost feel like it would be incomplete without the bracelet. So while the 22mm lug width would work really well with a range of straps, I think the bracelet offers the best wearing experience and keeps the overall feel of the watch very balanced. For even more added comfort, Raven engineered a chunky clasp complete with a ratcheting dive extension.
This is a classic that will be produced for years to come. If you scroll through the photos you can see that the previous owner has handled the watch with care. It is a complete set with original box and papers. Our own Rolex replica has made the timepiece in top condition, so you get a full year warranty.