Tracing the Rolex Submariner “Big Crown” Ref. 6538 At Auction —
Already An Icon – But Now With a New World Record
Rolex introduced the Submariner in 1953 and it has been a popular choice for many watch wearers, enthusiasts and collectors ever since. Created for the purpose of diving, the Submariner was and still is a tool watch at its core, offering one of the first quality waterproof timepieces with an automatic movement and water resistance to 100 meters. Although Rolex has been continually adapting and evolving the Submariner since it was first released, the classic design has stayed constant, making the Rolex Submariner what it is today: an icon.
e First Rolex Submariner
e development of the first Submariner is owed to Rolex founder and president Hans Wilsdorf. Known for his open mind and innovation, Wilsdorf created the Submariner based on a conversation with Renépaul Jeanneret, a valued member of the board of directors and passionate diver. It was Jeanneret that proposed developing a watch that wasn’t only suitable for use in the water, but also an elegant timepiece.
Wilsdorf met this challenge and the first Submariner was constructed from stainless steel with a stainless-steel bracelet, a dial with luminous hour markers and hands for maximum readability in low light conditions, and a rotatable bezel for timing dives. Even though Rolex upgraded and changed the Submariner over the years, the current models maintain the original DNA and purpose.
This Rolex Submariner "Big Crown" Ref. 6538 became the first Submariner to break the $1 million mark at Christie's New York on June 13, 2018.