Traditionally, the Rolex Submariner is a dive watch without a date complication. Although nearly every Submariner that Rolex currently produces is now fitted with a date display at the 3 o’clock position, the Submariner line has its roots in straightforward, time-only dive instruments.
Vintage timepieces typically do not carry the date function.
From its initial introduction in 1953, until the release of the reference 1680 in the late 1960s, Rolex’s Submariner only displayed the time of day. Given that almost every early Submariner lacked a date complication, one of the defining characteristics of a vintage Rolex Submariner is the absence of a date window in the dial.
In the decades following the addition of the date complication to the Submariner line, the no-date Submariner slowly assumed the position of Rolex’s entry-level dive watch. The no-date Submariner historically has been priced lower than its date-displaying counterpart. While Rolesor (two-tone) and solid-gold options exist for the Submariner with a date, the no-date version is only available in stainless steel with a black dial and bezel insert.
The no-date Submariner is only available in stainless steel and with a black dial and bezel insert.
The no-date Submariner was also one of the last Rolex watches to receive a COSC rated movement. The date-displaying version of the Submariner has had Rolex’s famous “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” text on its dial since its introduction in the late 1960’s. However, the no-date Submariner did not uniformly receive chronometer certification until a revision of the 14060M, which brought the entire Submariner line into the COSC rated range.
Vintage Submariner No-Date
Additionally, the no-date Submariner was the last Rolex sports model to retain a number of traits that have become characteristic of the classic Rolex sports watch. Traits that are shared by a number of vintage references are now held in high regard by collectors. The Submariner is a Rolex sport watch to feature drilled holes in the lugs, hollow end-links, a stamped bracelet clasp, and an aluminum bezel insert.
This is a no-date Submariner ref 5512 with drilled lug holes.
Modern Submariner No-Date
The most modern rendition of Rolex’s no-date Submariner, the reference 114060 has done away with many of the hallmark characteristics that defined the no-date Submariner for many years. The movement has been upgraded to Rolex’s in-house, COSC rated, caliber 3130 movement, while the drilled lug holes and stamped bracelet components have been replaced with equivalents that are more in-line with the rest of the Submariner range.
Rolex Submariner 114060 was first Launched at Baselworld 2012
The no-date Submariner represents Rolex’s legendary dive watch, presented in its most traditional, humble, and utilitarian form. The Submariner was never created to be a luxury item or status symbol; instead, it was designed to be a premium and reliable dive instrument. While the no-date Submariner entirely lacks options for dial/bezel colors and precious metal configurations, it serves as a reminder that Rolex has not forgotten the heart and soul of the Submariner line, which is exactly why they still continue to manufacture a stainless steel dive watch without a date complication.
The Submariner is an iconic watch expected to continually climb in popularity.