Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
There are vintage watches, there are modern watches, and then there's the Rolex Submariner Reference 14060.
More than anything, the Rolex Submariner was intended to be a robust tool watch, and many collectors look to the no-date references produced from the 1950s to the 1970s as the purest expression of the model. Their no-frills appearance (a clean, matte black dial with hour plots and no date) was the hallmark of sub-aquatic form-meets-function design, able to be read in the murky depths. After all, a dive watch was a tool, as vital to the diver as his regulator, and it needed to be easy to read.
The matte-dial no-date Reference 5513, which ran from 1962 until 1989, is singled out by many collectors as the ultimate Submariner. While the Submariner was fitted with a date window in the late 1960s, the Reference 5513 was the lone, date-less holdout. When the 5513 was retired, Rolex launched the Reference 14060 to take its place, with examples becoming available on the market in 1991.
The Reference 14060 is the Crown's answer to the purists' complaints: "Why should a dive watch have a date window? Why are 'new' Submariners so big? Who likes Luminova anyway?"
Being the successor to the Reference 5513, the 14060 eschews the date window, giving the dial a symmetry that was lost with the Reference 1680 and 16800. Since the Reference 14060 was released prior to the 2000s, when Rolex achieved COSC certification for the Calibre 3130, the language usually seen on modern Submariners ("Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified") is missing as well. Another plus is the presence of tritium (less than 25 mCi, as denoted by the T < 25 below 6 o'clock), since Rolex--along with much of the Swiss watch industry--switched over to Luminova after the 14060 was released.
And the case, though sacrificing nothing when it comes to water-resistance, has the same proportions as the Submariners of yore. At only 39mm, it's thinner than the Submariners that followed, with lug holes that the date-model Submariners no longer have. The drilled lugs give the watch a utilitarian feel--a holdover from the days when you could pop out the bracelet with a pushpin, slip the watch on a Tropic strap, and dive headfirst into the ocean without having to fuss with specialized tools.
Holding it all together is the Reference 93150 bracelet with 501B end links, easy to put on and take off and imminently comfortable to wear.
And yet, because it's a newer watch, you can wear it without worrying if it gets splashed by a few droplets of rain. That's the beauty of a Rolex watch from this period. The 14060 is a seamless blend of old and new, with vintage looks and modern technology, a watch that you can wear everywhere--what a Submariner was meant to do in the first place.
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Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns+
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.
Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.
We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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