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“The Details Are Not The Details; They Make The Design” Inside the Rolex Submariner, Reference 5508

“The Details Are Not The Details; They Make The Design” Inside the Rolex Submariner, Reference 5508

When it comes to vintage Rolex, it is the small, practically imperceptible contrasts that represent thousands, even huge number of dollars in worth. Among Submariners, a few references stick out and are profoundly respected by devotees and authorities. Unquestionably, all models from 1954 (the main year the watch was presented) are amazingly significant, yet so are a few different references since they mark significant focuses in the Submariner’s history.

The Rolex Submariner 5508 was the start of the advanced Submariner.

In The Beginning…

One specific reference to note is the 5508. In no way, shape or form was it the primary Submariner, unquestionably vintage , but instead it addresses a junction in the watch’s set of experiences. Before the 5508, there were incongruences among Submariner dials. Some included dials with hour markers-like those on contemporary Submariners, while others contained Explorer-style dials with 3, 6, and 9 indicators.

The Rolex Submariner 5508 highlights hour markers rather than the 3, 6, 9.


During its creation in the last part of the 1950s and mid 1960s, the reference 5508 just included dials with hour markers. It likewise added initial brief markers to the bezel, a change that is as yet present on Submariners today. Another key change that accompanied the 5508 was the switch in Submariner reference numbers to the 55xx model, which kept going right into the 1990s.

Powering the reference 5508 is a type 1530 nickel-completed switch development, including 25 gems and a monometallic compensation balance. Both this development and the one that preceded it (type 1030) are known as “butterfly developments” because of the state of their rotors, notwithstanding, the type 1530 is more current and dependable than its predecessor.

While the reference 5508 denoted a company pattern towards normalization, it was additionally one of the last references to include qualities that were symbolic of the absolute first Submariners. Mostly among these highlights is the absence of crown monitors. Despite the fact that crown monitors are currently a quintessential component of the contemporary Submariner, none of the main references had them–a change that occurred not long after the 5508.

This was the last Rolex Submariner with a 100m profundity rating.

Don’t Miss This Detail

An extra exemplary element of the 5508 was its profundity rating. The absolute first Submariner (reference 6204) had a water opposition of 100 meters, and by far most of Submariners that followed additionally highlighted 100-meter profundity appraisals. The reference 5508 was the last Submariner to have this water obstruction, with ensuing references including profundity evaluations of 200 meters or more.

The Rolex Submariner Reference 5508 is exceptionally respected on the grounds that it is both the first and the last to highlight certain vital attributes. At the point when a company has been around however long Rolex, and when it has made as couple of changes as it has to the Submariner, references that mark the finish of specific highlights and the start of others absolutely have their spot in the hearts – and on the wrists – of genuine collectors.

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