Dive watch, tool watch, sport watch…the best Rolex Submariner Ref.124060 replica watch is all of these things. If you trace it back to its roots, you’ll find a timepiece that defied its underwater branding to become something else entirely: A stone-cold icon on dry land.
Naysayers often grouse that the Submariner is too common, that it’s an uninspired choice, that it’s basically a cliche. None of that is true. But the thing is popular, and that’s because it’s good. And has been for decades.
The top quality copy Rolex Submariner was first released in 1953. It was conceived as a true tool for divers and has a long history as a military-issued watch (those versions being called MilSubs). It wasn’t an overnight sensation. While we’d all like to think that our grandfathers (or great-grandfathers) sported Big Crown Submariners throughout the 1950s, they almost certainly didn’t. The Submariner took some time to become the crossover hit it is today.
A Rising Star In Hollywood
About a decade into the Submariner’s existence, Sean Connery – a young Scotsman with a pelt of chest hair – brought Ian Fleming’s dashing James Bond to life on the silver screen. His watch of choice was a rugged crown-guard-less Swiss fake Rolex Submariner ref. 6538. That helped. But even then, the watch didn’t surge in popularity. A few other actors had to help it along.
Robert Redford, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson took the Sub to greater heights, wearing the watch on and off-screen throughout the 1970s. For the most part, these weren’t prop watches, but rather personal pieces owned by each respective actor. Redford – fittingly – wore a Red Submariner ref. 1680. McQueen had a no-date chronometer-certified ref. 5512. Bronson wore a classic 5513. There’s an earnest, honest quality to the way they wore their Subs on-screen. You can just tell the watches belonged to them.
As far as we know, these stars of the screen didn’t use the bezel to time decompression during long saturation dives. They wore the Submariner because they liked it, because it could handle anything, and because it was cool. In the process, they plucked the watch out of the same dive watch category you’d have found Seiko or Doxa, and made it one of the most versatile (Redford wore his with a tuxedo to the Oscars) and widely known wristwatches of all time.
On The Wrist
I was fully expecting this watch to feel wrong, as if meddling with the 40mm case size would somehow throw it out of balance, but spending time with the new Submariner felt, well, familiar. Much like Stephen, who wrote up the watch when it was first introduced, I didn’t even notice anything had changed when I strapped it on.
The first thing I noticed was how the new sizing solved the issue of the boxy maxi case shape. Who knew upsizing the case could have such an impact on its profile? I just imagine a group of Rolex designers spending years in front of a whiteboard until one sleep-deprived night resulted in a light bulb moment. “What if, to make it look smaller, we actually make it…bigger?”
Now, this might come as a shock, but I’m no diver. In fact, I live a particularly non-extreme lifestyle. I view the Sub less as a tool for underwater shipwreck exploration, and more as a day-in-day-out companion. But that’s the best part about this watch. It is so classic and so timeless that it has a chameleon-like ability to fit into any scenario. And in the event you do need to get wet, it’s ready.
My exploits with this watch were quite tame – the closest I came to the open sea was a ride on the Staten Island Ferry. But I view the Sub as a potential one-watch collection for many potential owners, so I wanted to test the new Submanriner’s abilities to just hang and go with the flow. With visions of McQueen and Redford wearing their Subs with the cameras turned off, I wanted to see if the black ceramic bezel fake Rolex Submariner ref.124060 maintains the cool factor.
My adventures took me from Brooklyn Bridge Park, overlooking the East River, to Greenpoint, where I enjoyed a classic New York slice and a trip to a record store. I hit up a local coffee shop and enjoyed my cup in a park with the passion of Special Agent Dale Cooper.
The watch never felt out of place. As the lucky owner of a vintage Submariner 5513, I can say that the new 124060 felt like an old friend – equally capable of tagging along for the mundane errand as it would be timing a dive, assuming I knew how to do that. I paid careful attention to how it felt on my wrist given the new sizing. It felt like a Sub – only improved. The new movement was also confidence-inspiring as I needed to keep track of the time to not miss my ferry ride.
Of course, it’s worth taking a deep dive into the changes, however minuscule, that are present in this new Rolex replica watch with steel bracelet.