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Rolex Submariner Reference 116613 Blue Sunburst Dial

June 27, 2017

BY Paul Altieri

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Rolex’s Submariner is a watch that rarely needs an introduction. Even those that are entirely new to the world of luxury timepieces have likely heard of the Submariner – or at the very least, seen one on the wrist of James Bond in one of the early 007 films.

Submariner 116613 Sunburst Dial

This is a Submariner ref. 116613 with a Sunburst Dial.

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The Submariner’s History

First introduced during the early 1950s, Rolex’s Submariner helped pioneer the dive watch market, and design elements of the Submariner can be found on almost every dive watch that is manufactured today. While the Submariner was originally only craft from stainless steel, Rolex now produces their iconic dive watch with both Rolesor (stainless steel and gold), and solid 18-karat gold (both yellow and white) options.

Submariner 116613 Sunburst Dial

Taking a watch made of gold may into the deep ocean may not be the best idea.

For those looking to own a more premium version of Rolex’s legendary SCUBA divers’ watch, but who also do not want to commit to a solid gold timepiece for everyday use. The Rolex Submariner reference 116613 is an excellent option that combines both stainless steel and gold to create an appearance that is both rugged and luxurious.

Submariner 116613 Sunburst Dial

A watch that is a step above its competition.

The Sunburst dial on this Submariner makes it stand out.

One of the most iconic Rolex watches of all time is the Rolesor Submariner with blue dial and bezel insert. This combination of colors makes for an almost nautical aesthetic that serves as an ever-present reminder that Rolex designed this watch for serious aquatic use. Rolex manufacturers Rolesor Submariners with either black or blue dials and bezel inserts, and while black makes for a slightly more formal and versatile appearance, the blue dial and insert combination is only available on the Submariner, and consequently has become synonymous with Rolex’s legendary line of dive watches. Another reason why the Submariner is one of the world’s most iconic watches.

A Two-Tone Submariner.

These timpieces are slowly becoming rare over time.

One of the hallmark traits of the Rolesor Submariner is its blue “Sunburst” dial. Unlike the flat blue dial found inside the 18-karat white gold “Smurf” Submariner, the blue “Sunburst” dial has a somewhat iridescent quality that shifts its color in a prismatic fashion as it catches incoming light from different angles.

The style and finish of the blue “Sunburst” dial is very similar to the silver or champagne colored dials frequently found in a number of Rolex’s other, non-sport watch lines; however its dark blue color and contrasting white hour markers create the illusion of a greater depth when the dial is installed inside a watch.

A watch like this deserves to be in your collection.

Do you want to add this Submariner to your collection?

Rolex briefly tried switching the Rolesor Submariner’s blue dial to a flat blue variant in an attempt to better match its Cerachrom bezel insert. However, following a mixed reaction from the public, they quickly changed back to the traditional “Sunburst” style dial within just a couple years of making the initial switch.

The classic stainless steel Submariner is one of the most famous and instantly recognizable watches of all time, and the Rolesor Submariner with blue “Sunburst” dial is almost equally as iconic, since the blue dial and bezel insert combination is only available on Rolex’s Submariner line of watches. Although the reference 116613 comes at an increase in price over the regular stainless steel version, this premium rendition is everything we have come to love about Rolex’s iconic dive watch in a more elegant and luxurious package.

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