Both Tough and Luxurious
While the Submariner was originally born as a tool watch for divers, it has now developed into Rolex’s most popular luxury sports watch. The range of Submariner watches run the gamut from robust stainless steel models to ultra-lavish solid gold versions. In the middle of that, sits the beautiful Rolex two tone Submariner. Tough enough thanks to its steel construction yet luxurious thanks to its 18k yellow gold accents, let’s take a closer look at the Submariner that offers the best of both worlds.
What is Rolesor?
For those who aren’t aware, Rolesor is the company’s name for two tone watches that combine stainless steel and 18k gold in the same Rolex timepiece. There’s yellow Rolesor, which combines yellow gold and steel; white Rolesor, which combines white gold and steel; and Everose Rolesor, which, you guessed it, combines Everose gold with steel.
The only type of Rolesor available for the Submariner, however, is the yellow gold and stainless steel option.
Early Models of the Rolex Two Tone Submariner
It may come as a surprise to some, but the first Rolex two tone Submariner only made its debut in the 1980s. The inaugural model was the Rolesor Submariner ref. 16803 and it was in production from about 1984 to about 1988. The Submariner ref. 16803 is considered a transitional reference and came equipped with sapphire crystal rather than acrylic, in addition to the 300-meter depth rating instead of 200 meters.
In 1988, Rolex presented the two tone Submariner ref. 16613, which the company manufactured for the following 20 years. At the heart of the Submariner ref. 16613 was the then-new Caliber 3135. Like its predecessor, the Sub ref. 16613 comes with either a black or a blue bezel. Particularly precious versions of the Submariner ref. 16613 are those with the so-called “Serti” dials — gem-adorned dials with diamonds and sapphires as indexes.
Today’s Rolex Two Tone Submariner
At Baselworld 2009, Rolex unveiled the brand new Submariner ref. 116613, and with it, introduced many changes to the Rolesor dive watch. Some of the modifications the ref. 116613 offered include the Cerachrom ceramic bezel, the chunkier case (although on paper it’s still 40mm), and the “Maxi” dial with larger lume plots and wider center hands. Furthermore, the Chromalight display that glows blue in the dark replaced the previous green SuperLumiNova.
Although Rolex used to offer diamond dial versions of the Submariner ref. 116613, it seems the company no longer includes those models in their current catalog.
A two tone Rolesor Submariner is a fantastic option for those looking for a more elegant version of a diver’s watch. And these three references from different eras in Rolex’s history offer their own distinct appeal. Experience the best of both worlds and view an extensive selection of Rolex Submariner mens two tone watches here at BeckerTime.