The Submariner was first introduced by Rolex in 1953 in a release that, unbeknownst to them at the time, would go on to become one of the most iconic watches in history. By the time of the Sub’s release, Rolex had already pioneered the waterproof Oyster case years before, and now they wanted to pair that technology with a watch fit for underwater exploration. Rolex built the original Submariner with utility in mind, and this design has remained more-or-less the same nearly half-a-century later. Sure, some augmentations have been made like increasing the water resistance and adding a ceramic bezel, but these are purpose-driven changes meant to make the watch better at what it was originally designed to do. As the adage goes, “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it”, and it is certainly not broken.
Rolex is a company that established itself through innovations that aided in their creation of what weren’t luxury products, but rather high-quality tools that tell the time. This sentiment is especially represented in the origins of the Sub. Over the years, the quality in their watches has been recognized by influential figures including world leaders and elite athletes, actors, singers, musicians, and explorers. This solidified Rolex in the mainstream and established them as a brand that people aspire to own. The Submariner is itself an aspirational piece to own among the Rolex offerings, and it can be a one-watch-collection in its own right. The classic design allows the watch to span all levels of attire from jeans and a t-shirt to suit and tie. Considering the versatility of the Submariner and the inherent durability in its design from the inside out, it is no wonder why this is one of Rolex’s most popular models.
In today’s market, the greatest appeal of buying pre-owned Submariners is simply that they are available to purchase. As a very in-demand model, it is extraordinarily uncommon to find authorized dealers who are able to keep these models from being bought out of the display case as soon as they arrive in the store. As a result, the pre-owned market is the place to be if you want to find and purchase a Submariner. Watchbox’s global inventory is a great place to start seeking out your Rolex Submariner!
Rolex’s history is linked to 24-year-old Hans Wilsdorf, who in 1905 founded a unique company in London that specialized in timepiece distribution. His dream was to create a watch you could wear on your wrist. At the time (the early 1900s), wristwatches weren’t extremely precise, but Wilsdorf had the vision that these timepieces would not only offer a luxury accessory to users, but also be a reliable method for telling time. By 1919, the Company had grown and expanded so much, it moved to Geneva, Switzerland. The growth of this luxury watch brand continued, eventually creating the household, luxury brand name that is so well-known today.
Today, virtually everyone (from all around the world) recognizes the brand name. It is a company synonymous with luxury, exclusive timepieces. In fact, today, wearing Rolex watch can help to define you as a person with a luxury sense of style. With a Rolex on your wrist, it shows the world you not only have exquisite taste, but also appreciate the fine craftsmanship of the best mechanical watches in the world.
While Rolex Watches offer excellent value retention, new watches -- like new cars -- often depreciate when you take them out of the store. Purchasing a pre-owned Rolex watch allows you to avoid the depreciation of a new watch. The value will remain intact, and often rise over time. Additionally, as time continues to pass, certain models, like the Rolex Submariner, are becoming collector’s items, causing the value to skyrocket. Another reason to buy a pre-owned watch is that you have access to years’ worth of Rolex models to choose from, even those that have been discontinued and are no longer offered to buy new. WatchBox specializes in watches that are in like-new condition. When you go to a new watch dealer, you are limited to the watches that are currently in production. When you buy pre-owned Rolex, their entire history of production is at your fingertips!