Points of Mention
This watch is sold with an original Rolex box & Rolex paperwork, plus swing tags. The watch comes paired with its original stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with all links included. The watch is from July 2009 and is in worn condition, however as you can see from the photos it is in great overall condition with few signs of wear. The watch was serviced by Rolex in 2021 and comes with the service card and remaining Rolex warranty. The watch comes with our 12-Months Warranty.
In 1905, German-born Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis set up a company in London that imported Swiss movements which are installed in British cases and sold to jewellers who put their names on the dials. Recognising the potential for their brand, Wilsdorf created the brand name Rolex in 1908. In 1910, a Rolex became the first wristwatch to carry the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, awarded by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne, Switzerland. Demand for Rolex watches rose swiftly, and British taxes on the Swiss movements Rolex used prompted Wilsdorf to move the business to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1919. With production costs lowered, Wilsdorf quickly set out to solve the age-old problem of moisture and dust entering a watch case and damaging the movement. The Rolex watchmakers came up with a fully sealed watch case, which Wilsdorf named the Oyster, and released it to an appreciative audience in 1926. In 1931, Rolex introduced the first automatic winding wristwatch, giving it the legendary name Oyster Perpetual. In 1945, they released the Datejust. The Datejust was the first watch to have the date jump instantaneously at midnight. The 1950s saw a whole lot of releases such as the Air-King (1958), the Explorer (1953), the Submariner (1953), the GMT Master (1955), the Day-Date (1956), the electromagnetic field resistant Milgauss (1956), the Lady-Datejust (1957) and the first Deep Sea model (1960). Wilsdorf’s death in 1960, saw ownership of Rolex S.A. (a collection of sub-companies) passed to the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation which was founded by Wilsdorf in 1945, the mission of which is simply to sustain Rolex S.A. indefinitely.
Here we have a 2009 Rolex Submariner No-Date "4 Liner" 14060M, one of the last pre-ceramic series. The 40mm stainless steel Oyster case curves over your wrist with drilled tapered lugs. Polished and brushed surfaces transition with crisp edges. A lug to lug length of 47mm and a case thickness of 12mm give the watch an impressive wrist presence. On the right side is a signed Rolex Triplock screwed-down crown made up of four separate rubber gaskets. The crown guards are part of the case which gives it strength. The unidirectional black aluminum divers bezel holds a sapphire crystal above a black dial. Around the outer flange, we have the engraved repeating Rolex rehaut introduced in 2007. Applied disc and baton indexes are infilled with SuperLumiNova marking the hours. The Mercedes's hands have a long minute hand that touches the outer minute track filled with SuperLumiNova. At 12 o’clock an applied Rolex crown with the text precisely applied. At 6 o’clock we have the additional fourth line “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” on the reverse, a coin-edged screw-down case back. Inside an Automatic Rolex Cal. 3130, 31 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. COSC Chronometer Certified workhorse. It is fitted with a Parachrom hairspring, designed by Rolex; it offers greater resistance to shocks and to temperature variations. The watch comes fitted on its original Rolex 20mm solid end link 904L stainless steel Oyster bracelet with OysterLock safety clasp and diver extension system which allows the watch to be worn over a divers suit. The watch comes with its original Rolex box and original Rolex paperwork, plus swing tags, often considered a "Full Set". The watch was serviced by Rolex in 2021 and comes with the service card and remaining Rolex warranty.
This is easily one of THE best Rolex Submariner references in terms of both design and practicality for me! It wears beautifully, the size is perfect and the simplicity of the dial works so well. Pair all of that with the build quality, reliable movement, etc... You've got yourself a Submariner which looks amazing and you don't have to baby, wear and wear well! I don't doubt a 1997 model will make its way to my personal collection one day.