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Rolex - 16613 - Submariner
Name 16613
Family Submariner
Movement Rolex 3135 (Details)
Years in Production 2006-2007
Case Diameter (mm) 40
Mechanism Automatic
Chronometer Yes
Hacking Yes
Date Function Yes
Quickset Yes
Power Reserve (Hours) 48
Frequency (bph) 28,800
Jewel Count 31
Water Resistance (m) 300
Band Replaceable No



Notes: In production since 1988, the 16613 was released as a continuation of the two-tone Submariner line that began in 1984 with the 16803. The 16613, another two-tone model, was released alongside the 16610 which was completely stainless steel.

The dial on the Rolex 16613 was a very iridescent color, unlike the solid color of the new 116613. Further, the new watch boasts a “Maxi dial” while the original had slimmer hands and smaller markers. The 16613 also had narrower case lugs and crown guards than the new watch and lacked the date magnification bubble that makes the date easier to read. Probably the biggest difference is the bracelet, which was composed of hollow links in the 16613 but is now all-solid links in the newer model.

Silver-tone stainless steel case with a two-tone (silver-tone and gold-tone) stainless steel oyster bracelet. Uni-directional rotating blue 18kt yellow gold and ceramic bezel. Blue dial with gold-tone hands and index hour markers. Minute markers around the outer rim. Dial Type: Analog. Luminescent hands and markers. Date display at the 3 o'clock position. Rolex Calibre 3135 automatic movement with a 48-hour power reserve. Scratch resistant sapphire crystal. Screw down crown. Solid case back. Round case shape. Case size: 40 mm. Band length: 7.5 inches. Oysterlock clasp. Water resistant at 300 meters / 1000 feet.

Mechanism:
The 3135 is a continuation of the 3035 series. Rolex launched it in 1977 and was profoundly different from its predecessors. As the company’s first high-beat movement, it increased the balance speed from 19,800 BPH to 28,800 BPH. This higher frequency has since become the standard across all of Rolex’s range. It also allowed the caliber to provide more accurate timekeeping and better withstand outside influences, such as shock. Like most Rolex mechanisms ending with a "5", this unit has a date function. All modern Rolex date-equipped mechanisms have a 'Quickset' feature as well.

The popular caliber 3135 measures 28.50 mm in diameter and 6.00 mm in height. The Submariner uses this caliber. This makes it quite large when compared with other Rolex movements. The larger size of the movement means that it is more robust and has the ability to incorporate more parts and components. This allows the watch that utilizes it to perform more reliably and durably. It also offers a frequency of 28.800 vph.

Family Notes: The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is a line of sports watches designed for diving manufactured by Rolex, known for their resistance to water and corrosion. The first Submariner was introduced to the public in 1954 at the Basel Watch Fair. The Rolex Submariner is considered "a classic among wristwatches", manufactured by one of the most widely recognized luxury brands in the world, and due to its popularity has become the subject of massive counterfeiting. The Rolex Submariner is part of Rolex's Oyster Perpetual line. See a copy of the 1957 Submariner magazine advertisement.

The Submariner model went into production in 1953 and was showcased at the Basel Watch Fair in 1954. The assigned case reference number of this first Submariner was either 6204 or 6205. It is unclear which model came first; in any event, the two watches are nearly identical. Neither has the distinctive "cathedral" or "Mercedes" hands now so strongly associated with the Submariner line. Rather, both of these early submariners have straight "pencil" style hands. Few, if any, of the 6205 watches bear the name "Submariner" on the dial, a major distinction of modern Submariners. Some 6204 models have the Submariner logo printed below the center pinion, while others have the logo blacked out. It is believed that there were unexpected trademark issues connected with the name "Submariner" at the time the 6204 and 6205 were released, accounting for the inconsistent use of the Submariner mark on these early Submariners. Trademark irregularities notwithstanding, both the 6204 and 6205 are designated Submariner models in Rolex product literature.

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Item created by: gdm on 2018-09-29 21:08:07. Last edited by gdm on 2018-09-29 21:10:45

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