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Here you will find additional information regarding your Rolex watch. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Here's a simple page to help you with Rolex movement, reference to caliber list.

Rolex-Movements/Rolex-model-to-caliber.pdf

 

For buyers of pre-owned Rolex® watches, here's a quick way to verify that the model number of the watch matches the material.  For all watches manufactured using the Quick Set feature, vintage 1977 and forward, use the following table to match the five digit model number to the watch material.

 

Last digit of Model Number 

 Watch Material

Stainless Steel 

Yellow Gold Filled 

White Gold Filled 

Stainless Steel with Yellow Gold 

Stainless Steel with White Gold

Gold Shell 

Platinum 

14kt Yellow Gold 

18kt Yellow Gold 

14kt White Gold 

 

The Rolex Submariner

As the Rolex Submariner celebrates its 50th anniversary, we can trace it roots back to the very first waterproof Rolex Oyster. However, the appearance of the model 6204 Submariner in 1954, signaled the dawn of what we have come to identify as the ultimate sports tool watch.

The Rolex 6204 was fitted with a Rolex caliber A296 semi-bubble back automatic movement and was waterproof to 600 ft. This model was followed by the 6200 and the 6205.

In 1957, these models gave way to the Submariner models 6538 and 6536/1, which also had the new caliber 1030 movement and a larger case and better crown, which boosted the depth rating to 660 ft for the 6538, but dropped the 6536/1 to 330 ft.

The late 50’s was a transitional period for Rolex and the Submariner, as they introduced updated models using the 1500 series of movements running concurrently with the short lived caliber 1030 series. The first Rolex Submariner to use the caliber 1530 was the model 5510, using the oversized crown of the model 6538. This model 5510 is one of the rarest of Vintage Rolex’s and was only produced for a year or two.

The Rolex model 5512, also using the Rolex automatic caliber 1530 and depth rated to 660 ft, quickly replaced the 5510. The 5512 was the watch that gave the Rolex Submariner its most identifiable face, with the crown guards, Mercedes hands and large waterproof case. This model was put up for sale alongside the replacement for the Rolex model 6536, the model 5508 which still did not have crown guards and was only depth rated to 330 ft. When the 5508 was retired, the 5512 was fitted with a chronometer rated Rolex movement, the caliber 1560 and a new model, the reference 5513 was introduced using the venerable Rolex caliber 1530. The Rolex 5512 was marketed until the late 1970’s and the 5513 was finally retired in 1990.

All the previously mentioned vintage Rolex Submariners were no-date models, a Submariner model with a date window was introduced in 1965 with the debut of the Rolex Submariner model 1680.

Rolex later updated the product line and introduced models with sapphire crystals and high beat movements in about 1985. The new model that first debuted with a sapphire crystal was the transitional Submariner 16800, using the Rolex calibre 3035, chronometre rated with date mechanism. The Rolex Submariner 5513 was replaced with the Submariner model reference 14060 in about 1990. This model featured the Rolex automatic caliber 3000 and a synthetic sapphire crystal. The model 16800 was later replaced with the Submariner 16610 in about 1989-1990. 

 

Following are the various Submariner vintage models (by case number):
  • 6200 - Original Submariner
    • Launched in 1953.  Depth rated to 200m (660 ft)  with an 8mm crown.  No crown guard and no depth rating on dial.  Submariner not printed on dial. Dial similar to Explorer style dials of same period.  Non-Chronometer A296 movement with 18 Jewels.  Larger case than the 6204 or 6205.  Larger crown marked Brevet.
    • Updated in 1955.  Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with an 8mm crown.  No crown guard and no depth rating on dial.  Submariner printed on dial.  Included the Mercedes hands.  Non-Chronometer  A296 movement with 18 Jewels.  Larger case than the 6536 or 6538.  Larger crown marked Brevet. 
  • 6204 - Launched in two versions
    • Launched in 1954.  Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with a 6mm crown.  No crown guard and no depth rating on dial.  Submariner printed on dial.  Dial revised from 6200.  Used the upgraded non-chronometer A260 movement with 18 Jewels.  Smaller than the 6200.
    • Updated in 1954.  Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with a 6mm crown.  No crown guard and no depth rating on dial.  Model name "blacked-out."  Non-Chronometer A260 movement with 18 Jewels.  Smaller than the 6200   
  • 6205
    • Launched in 1954.  Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with a 6mm crown.  No crown guard and no depth rating on dial.  Model name not present on dial.  Dial revised from 6200.  Used the upgraded A260 movement.  Same size as the 6204.  Smaller than the 6200 
    • Updated in 1955.  Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with 6mm crown.  No crown guard however depth rating now printed on dial (white).  Model name present on dial.  A260 movement.  Smaller than the 6200
  • 6536
    • Launched in 1955.  Upgrade of the 6205 model.  Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with the 8mm crown.  No crown guard and no depth rating on dial.  Submariner printed on dial.  First time use of the Mercedes hands.  Movement upgraded to the non-chronometer 1030 with 25 Jewels.
    • Updated in 1956.  Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with a 8mm crown.  No crown guard however depth rating now printed on dial (white).  Submariner also printed on dial.  Non-Chronometer 1030 movement.  First time Bezel contained markers for first 15 minutes.
  • 6536/1
    • Launched in 1956.  Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with a 8mm crown.  No crown guard with depth rating printed on dial (white).  Model name also present on dial.  Chronometer 1030 movement with 25 Jewels.  Bezel with markers for first 15 minutes.  Triangle on Bezel painted red.   
  • 6538 - James Bond Submariner (Dr. No)
    • Launched in 1955.  Upgrade of the 6204 model.  Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with the 6mm crown.  No crown guard and no depth rating on dial.  Model name present on dial.  Used the upgraded A260 movement.
    • Updated in 1956.  Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with 8mm crown.  No crown guard with depth rating printed on dial (white).  Model name also present on dial.  Upgraded to the 1030 movement.  Case upgraded to same size as the 6200 (larger).
    • Updated in 1956.  Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with 8mm crown.  No crown guard with depth rating printed on dial (white).  Model name also present on dial.  'Officially Certified Chronometer' now painted on dial.  1030 movement.
  • 5508
    • Launched in 1958.  Upgrade to the 6536/1 model.  Depth rated to 100m (330 ft) with 6mm crown.  No crown guard and depth rating on always printed on dial.  Model name printed on dial.  Upgraded to the new Chronometer 1530 movement.
    • Updated in 1964.  Luminous markers not enclosed by circular border. 
  • 5510
    • Launched in 1958.  Upgrade to the 6200 model.  Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with the 8mm crown.  No crown guard and depth rating printed on dial.  Submariner printed on dial.  New Chronometer 1530 movement.
    • Updated in 1964.  Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with the 8mm crown.  No crown guard.  Depth rating printed on dial.  Printing on dial changed to white.   
  • 5512
    • Launched in 1959.  Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with 8mm crown.  Crown guard.  Depth rating printed on dial.  Chronometer.  'Officially Certified Chronometer' printed on dial.  Submariner printed on dial.  New 1560 Chronometer movement.
    • Updated in 1965.  Depth rating to 660 ft (200m) with 8mm crown.  Crown guard.  Depth rating printed on dial.  Superlative added to printing on dial. 
  • 5513 - James Bond Submariner (Live and Let Die)
    • Launched in 1962.  Depth rated to 200m (660 ft) with 8mm crown.  Crown guard. Depth rating printed on dial.  Non-Chronometer.  1530 movement.  Dial marked with Swiss.
    • Updated in 1963.  Depth rating to 660 ft (200m) with 8mm crown.  Non-Chronometer 1520 movement.  Swiss T<25 printed on dial.
    • Navy model launched in 1968.  Depth rated to 660 ft (200m) with 8mm crown.  Crown guard.  Soldered strap bars.  Large hour and minute hands.  Large T printed above depth rating to indicate luminous material as tritium.
  • 5517
    • Launched in 1971 for the British Marines.  Depth rated to 660 ft (200m) with 8mm crown.  Crown guard.  Crown with triple-lock.  Bezel with 60 minute markers.  Soldered strap bars.  Large hour and minute hands.  Large T printed above depth rating to indicate luminous material as tritium.
  • 1680
    • Launched in 1966.  Depth rated to 660 ft (200m) with 8mm crown.  Crown guard.  Depth rating printed on dial.  Chronometer.  New 1575 Chronometer movement with Date.  Raised and flat crystal.  Submariner printed in red.
    • Updated in 1972.  Depth  rated to 660 ft (200m) with 8mm crown.  Crown guard.  Crown with triple-lock.  Depth rating printed on dial.  Chronometer.  1575 Chronometer movement with Date.  Raised and flat crystal.  All dial lettering printed in white.
  • 16800
    • Launched in 1982.  Depth rated to 1000 ft (300m) with 8mm crown.  Crown guard.  Crown with triple-lock.  Depth rating printed on dial.  Chronometer.  New 3085 Chronometer movement with Date.  Low-profile sapphire crystal.  All dial lettering printed in white.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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