In today’s podcast, I would like to dive into the history, military use and value of the Rolex Milsub — the most sought-after variant of the iconic Rolex Submariner. This is a day in the life of a Rolex Milsub or Military Submariner.
The Rolex Milsub is perhaps the most collectable variant of the iconic Rolex Submariner — the most recognisable dive watch since its inception in the 1950s. Its association with the Royal Navy adds a level of history seldom seen. Likewise, production for military use added exclusivity to an already-curious looking watch.
Aside from a model in the late 1950s, most Milsubs were produced between 1972 and 1979. These were based upon the popular and brilliantly simple reference 5513. However, more interesting than references is the military history of these watches and their use on the wrists of the bravest divers.
To understand how the bezel of a Rolex Submariner works, take a look at WATCH CHRONICLER Podcast No. 2.
From the cold waters of the English Channel to the heat of the Suez Canal, these watches endured testing conditions. The speak of a world of danger and risk which few will experience today considering their value and rarity.
However, this conflict of market value and purposeful design makes them a real puzzle. In many ways, they are victims of their own fantastic design.
And so, in this podcast, enjoy a day in the life of a Rolex Milsub.
To learn more about the Submariner, take a look at the Rolex website.