Designed for diving in 1953, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is an extremely classic watch. The company set the standard for this model as the first diving watch with a depth of 330 feet or 100 meters. Arguably, the Rolex Submariner has become the brand’s quintessential sports watch – a distinction partly owed to James Bond.
There is no doubt that a world-famous superspy wearing a world-famous high-end watch is the perfect match. However, let us not forget that the James Bond films and the Rolex Submariner were still in their infancy in the early 1960s. 1962 saw the first James Bond film, Dr. No, and the Submariner was less than a decade old. That was 60 years ago, and no one could have predicted the huge success of the movie franchise and the top-of-the-line diving cheap fake watches.
It is also interesting to note that when the Rolex Submariner 6536 enters the discussion, it usually brings Ref. 6536/1. This model was introduced in 1955 and ended in 1959, carrying a small crown (6 mm) like its predecessor. When speculating about these two specific models, collectors often debate whether they include a chronometer movement.
But what happened tops all the literary criticism of Fleming and his name-dropping. During the filming of “Dr. No,” the budget did not allow the team to purchase a real Rolex for 007, probably because, unlike today’s movie commercials, Rolex was not willing to provide one.
Generally, the versions with chronometer certification had four lines of text on the dial to accommodate the “Official Certified Chronometer” inscription. Then there was the non-chronograph version of the Submariner 6538, with only two lines of text on the dial. Rolex produced both a timepiece and a non-chronograph version of the Submariner 6538 simultaneously, and both versions had a lustrous gold-plated dial with chapter rings.
There was also a Submariner 6538 with an explorer-style dial featuring numerals at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. These buy replica watches were produced for only one year in 1956 and are, therefore, much harder to find on the vintage market today.