For enthusiasts and connoisseurs of fine timepieces, the Rolex Submariner 114060 is a true embodiment of horological excellence. After a year of wearing this remarkable watch, it has become clear that it effortlessly stands the test of time. While many aspire to own a Rolex, what truly sets this Swiss brand apart is not just the name but the exceptional products they create. At aBlogtoWatch, our focus is firmly on the product itself.
Rolex has earned its place as a revered brand because their watches consistently deliver outstanding quality. When people ask me why Rolex is so successful, I often emphasize that it's because "their products are genuinely exceptional." While Rolex may not manufacture every type of watch imaginable, it is undeniable that their timepieces are of exceptional quality.
Interestingly, the watches most cherished by watch enthusiasts are not necessarily Rolex's bestsellers. If you inquire about the finest Rolex watch, many watch enthusiasts will point you towards the "Oyster Professional" collection, including the Submariner or GMT-Master. However, Rolex's best-selling models are quite different. From a business perspective, Datejust models, especially women's versions adorned with diamonds, reign supreme in their collection.
This divergence in preferences between watch lovers and the general public is a well-established fact. Brands like Rolex, Omega, and TAG Heuer cater to a broad audience, offering a wide range of watches that appeal to both watch aficionados and the general public. Among these, the Rolex Submariner stands out as a watch that effortlessly captures the hearts of both camps.
In a review last year, we explored the Rolex Submariner in-depth, focusing on both the ref. 114060 (the model in this article) and the ref. 116610. The primary difference between these two models is the date feature. The ref. 116610 is commonly known as the Submariner Date, while the ref. 114060 is often referred to as the Submariner "No Date" (though it lacks an official name).
Why does Rolex offer two versions of the Submariner? The answer lies in paying homage to the original Submariner watches from the 1950s. The Submariner initially lacked a date window, and over time, Rolex created models with and without the date function. The Rolex Submariner Date commands a slightly higher price, offering a date complication and a magnifier lens within the sapphire crystal for enhanced date readability. However, not everyone favors the magnifier, and if you desire a date but prefer it without the magnifier, the Rolex Sea-Dweller 4000 is a noteworthy alternative.
While the Rolex Submariner Date 116610 boasts an iconic and classic design, the author of this article appreciates the elegance of the perfectly symmetrical and minimalist dial of the Rolex Submariner Ref. 114060. In addition to its aesthetics, the absence of a date feature brings about a sense of freedom. Adjusting the date is unnecessary, making it quicker and simpler to set the time, especially after the watch has been dormant for a while.
Rolex watches are crafted with the precision of scientific instruments, and they excel in numerous aspects. Whether you're examining the 18k white gold hands and hour markers, known for their tarnish resistance, or the meticulous polishing on the steel case, Rolex consistently strives for perfection.
Measuring 40mm in width, the Rolex Submariner 114060 is among the more modestly sized watches in the author's collection. However, thanks to its broad lugs, it wears larger than its dimensions suggest—more akin to a 42mm watch. Comfort on the wrist is outstanding, a testament to Rolex's decades of design refinement. The bracelet wraps gracefully around the wrist, and the Glidelock system allows for easy micro-adjustments. This feature is particularly valuable as wrist sizes can naturally vary with temperature and other factors, ensuring a comfortable fit at all times.
In the realm of horology, where precision, craftsmanship, and elegance converge, the Rolex Submariner 114060 reigns supreme. After a year of wearing this exceptional timepiece, it's evident that Rolex has crafted a watch that transcends time itself. While Rolex's name has become synonymous with aspiration, it's their unwavering commitment to producing exceptional products that truly sets them apart.
The divergence in tastes between watch enthusiasts and the broader public is intriguing. While watch aficionados often gravitate towards Rolex's "Oyster Professional" collection, the best-selling Rolex models tell a different story. Datejust models, particularly those graced with diamonds, dominate Rolex's sales charts, highlighting the brand's universal appeal.
In our exploration of the Rolex Submariner, we delved into the subtle yet significant difference between the "Date" and "No Date" versions. Both embody Rolex's dedication to excellence, but each offers a unique experience. The elegance of the Submariner Ref. 114060's symmetrical dial and the freedom it brings by omitting the date feature make it a compelling choice for many.
Rolex's meticulous craftsmanship shines through in every aspect of the Submariner 114060, from the tarnish-resistant 18k white gold details to the flawlessly polished steel case. Its comfort on the wrist is unparalleled, thanks to decades of design refinement and the innovative Glidelock system, allowing for effortless micro-adjustments.
In a world where time is ever-moving, the Rolex Submariner 114060 stands as a timeless symbol of precision, sophistication, and enduring appeal.
For those seeking horological excellence that transcends generations, the Rolex Submariner 114060 beckons.