Many of our cousins have a special liking for Rolex “Water Ghost Series”, but we have never known its history. Today, let our Rainmei classmates take you into the long history of Rolex “Water Ghost Series” to deeply explore Rolex “Water Ghost Series” The past and present.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner is a sturdy and durable example. For over a century, Rolex has always followed the original intention of the brand when it was created and has never changed. Submariner (SUBMARINER) is a Rolex product series, also known as the water ghost. This legendary watch was originally a tool watch. In the world boom of people developing submarine resources, the excellent characteristics of submariners make it a good companion for underwater exploration, and its unique atmospheric shape also makes it popular on land. Not only is it used by professional divers, but more people also use it as a daily watch, and even become a trendy item, deriving a culture.
In the 1940s and 50s of the last century, the development of submarine resources, especially for oil and natural gas, has formed a world boom. Under this background, the Rolex Submariner series was born. The ratio of blackface and big luminous needle, good anti-magnetic, waterproof, anti-collision structure, good corrosion resistance, and resistance to severe temperature difference, make the submarine more convenient. Below we make a detailed introduction based on the time when the corresponding model is produced.
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The water ghosts of this period are based on the CAL.260 and CAL.296 movements and are waterproof from 100 to 200 meters. In the first phase, a linear hand was used. The luminous point of the second hand was at the end of the hand. Later, some adjustments were made to increase the luminous point of the hour hand, which is called the Mercedes-Benz needle. The luminous point of the second hand was adjusted to the scale. It should be said from this From the beginning, until today, more than 60 years later, no significant adjustments have been made. Of course, you can still see that there was no shoulder guard at the time. At that time, it was actually designed specifically for divers, using a Rolex patented Oyster waterproof case, rotating the outer ring to facilitate divers to read the dive time. However, the first batch of water ghosts did not have the word “Submariner” on them. They did not appear on the dial until 1954, and the water resistance was also increased to 200 meters.
At this stage, Rolex no longer tried the 369-time scale transplanted from the explorer (EXPLORER) but changed to a long luminous time scale. The movement began to use CAL1030. Deeply influenced the subsequent generations.
First, the case changes. The diameter has been expanded from 36 mm of the first generation to 40 mm, and this size is still in use. The shoulder case is added to the case, which protects the crown from impact and thus guarantees waterproof performance. Secondly, the bezel changed. The groove on the bezel is transferred from the side to the front, and the bezel is added with a more detailed 15-minute scale. This change makes it easier for divers to adjust the bezel and read the time. Furthermore, the hands of the hands change. The Mercedes needle replaces the original sword needle, and the fluorescent dot on the second hand also moves backward. The watch of Rolex Water Ghost is commonly known as the “Mercedes Needle” because his appearance is similar to the Mercedes-Benz logo. But in fact, it does not have a half-cent relationship with Mercedes-Benz. The reason why it is made in this way is to apply and stabilize the luminous paint above evenly, and to more easily divide the hour hand and minute hand in the dark to know the accurate time.
At this stage, Rolex uses the new CAL1520 / 1530 movement. The most obvious change in appearance is the addition of the shoulder of the crown and the widening of the tooth width of the rotating outer ring. In this issue, I have to mention that the Royal Navy began to order water ghosts from Rolex as naval officer equipment but asked Rolex to replace the Mercedes-Benz needle with a sword needle, and the turntable ring gear was widened again. , So became the dream of every ghost.
In this issue, Rolex started to use the caliber CAL1570 / 1575/3035 with a calendar movement, and also added a bubble mirror that makes it easier to read the calendar. At the same time, Rolex began to try to increase the waterproof depth and derived the deep-diving series (SEA-DWELLER). Sapphire lens began to replace the original acrylic plastic mirror. The iconic “magnifying glass calendar window” continues, but due to technical reasons, it has been replaced with two pieces of sapphire. The shadowless glue is used, which is difficult to see and can be removed by heating the mirror. The waterproof depth is also increased from 200 meters to 300 meters. In addition, the scale above the dial has a metal frame, and there is no longer a “plaster surface”.
More importantly, it was only in 1981 that the upgraded version of Ref. 16800 water ghost used the “unidirectional rotating bezel”. The previous water ghosts used bidirectional rotating bezels. To be honest, bidirectional rotating is not as good as unidirectional rotating. Rotating the bezel in both directions is prone to misoperation, which may cause divers to estimate the dive time and decompression time incorrectly and endanger their lives.
Rolex released their first diver’s watch, the Oyster Perpetual Submariner, in 1953. Since that time, the Submariner has gone through quite a transformation, offering waterproofness up to 1,000 feet, an innovative unidirectional time lapse bezel, and an incredibly accurate calibre 3135 perpetual movement. Featuring masculine proportions via a 40mm Oyster case and a flat-link Oyster bracelet with an Oysterlock clasp, the Submariner 16610 will look impressive on almost any size wrist. Contrasting silver graduations on the dial offer an easy reading, while serrated edges make the bezel easy to manipulate while wearing diving gloves. Additionally, the dial is topped with highly visible lume in white gold surrounds for a highly legible reading in almost any environment.
Submariners who changed the 3130 movements began to undergo rigorous observatory testing and began to have COSC on the faceplate. The 14060M aluminum ring was discontinued in 2012, and in 2013 began to produce 114060 ceramic rings.
From this stage, the water ghost became the best-selling and most sought-after style of Rolex, so it added the gold and all-gold styles and some special noodles, and the price also increased. And when the fans were unable to accept it, the limited edition 16610LV of the 50th anniversary of the Water Ghost was thrown out in 2003. As soon as it was listed, it immediately triggered panic buying. Hot areas, led by Hong Kong, all sold at over-priced prices, which has continued for more than 2 years It wasn’t until 2006 that prices became normal, but it was also a style that was difficult to find in stores that had been out of stock for a long time. When production stopped in 2010, centralized collections were triggered again, second-hand prices soared by 30%, and fat four big green from 2003 to 2004 became a collection that dazzled experts. Changed to Cerachrom ceramic word circle, the previous four generations of water ghosts used anodized aluminum outer ring. Because of the material, the outer ring of the old version is not only easy to scratch and wear, but also will change color and fade after long-term use under the action of ultraviolet rays. The new version of the Cerachrom ceramic word circle is extremely hard, corrosion-resistant, and scratch-resistant. Luminous materials have also evolved, eliminating the old version of tritium luminous light containing slight radiation and replacing it with the blue Chromalight luminous light. Under the same circumstances, the persistence and eye-catching of blue luminous are higher than that of green. Chromalight began to be used in DeepSea in 2008 and gradually became popular in Rolex sports models.
Today’s water ghosts use many high-tech materials and technologies, and the workmanship is to keep improving, which makes people put it down. But since 1970, the submariner has become what it is today. Mercedes-Benz pointers, bubble readings, and time scales have become the classic identification elements of Rolex. Especially this bubble, highlighting 1.5 mm of sapphire crystal, remains perfectly flat. degree. One thing to point out is that this so-called Rolex “Water Ghost” family includes watches in green, black, blue, red and other colors, just because the black and green colors are sold better, or the market I am more familiar with these two colors, so it is often the comparison of these two color watches. According to our usual routine introduction, for example, “This watch is equipped with an automatic winding movement, stainless steel material, with date display function, dense bottom, diameter 40 mm, waterproof 300 meters”, etc., then these water ghosts It seems that there is no difference, except for material, color and price. According to the author’s observation, whether it is domestic or foreign, in general, the public price of the green water ghost is about 5% higher than that of the black water ghost.
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But speaking of the difference between the two colors, the chemical composition behind it must be different. For example, the Rolex Submariner Calendar Series 116610LV green dial watch called “Green Water Ghost”, which was first launched in 2010, is also very A representative green water ghost. The green color surface of this watch is said to be coated with a “green gold” coating using PVD technology, and its declared “green gold” material composition ratio is still a secret, perhaps for the purpose of patent protection.
In fact, the green water ghost is sought after by many people. The difference in chemical composition is certainly not the main factor, and even many friends will not care about this at all. In many cases, more people prefer green water ghosts because of the style they represent. Among them, the very representative view is that green looks younger and more individualized, and black is more conservative and calm. So, which one do you say is better? Actually, it depends entirely on your preferences. But regardless of the black ghost, green ghost, or any ghost, it will become like this after the light is turned off. Because the time scale and pointer of the disk are covered with a luminous layer, it can emit blue light in a dark environment. In the deep sea, the different wavelengths of radiation formed by sunlight are gradually absorbed as the depth of the sea increases, the order is red, orange, yellow, green, and finally only blue and purple. This is why Rolex chose blue.
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