When it was first released in 1954, the Rolex Submariner was manufactured in exclusively stainless steel, however it is now produced in a variety of different colors and metal options. While the contemporary Submariner stays true to its tool-watch roots, solid 18-karat gold options exist for those that want their Submariner to be a true statement timepiece.
For those that desire a gold Rolex, but who wish their watch to have a little more wrist presence than a 36mm Datejust or Day-Date, a yellow gold Submariner is a fantastic option, coming in at 40mm in diameter, and representing a premium offering among the Submariner lineup.
Every yellow gold Submariner is powered by a caliber 3135 movement (no non-date version exists); however buyers have their choice of either blue (reference 116618LB) or black (reference 116618LN) dials and bezel inserts. Additionally, the Submariner line is offered exclusively on an Oyster bracelet, with no President or Jubilee options available.
As the brands most iconic and best-selling line of watches, the Submariner is a popular choice among first time buyers and season collectors alike. As a result, there are quite a lot of Submariners in existence; however opting for an all yellow gold Submariner is an excellent way of setting yourself apart while still purchasing this legendary dive watch.
Since the entire watch and bracelet are craft entirely from solid, 18-karat gold, a yellow gold Submariner is a two-fold investment; however it is significantly more expensive then versions in stainless steel or Rolesor (two-tone). With that in mind, yellow gold Rolex Submariners are just as robust and water resistant as their stainless steel counterparts, despite being a premium, luxury good rather than just a high-end tool watch.
The Rolex Submariner has become a mainstay in many celebrity wardrobes. As a symbol of their widespread, international success, some celebrities, such as Mark Wahlberg, George Benson, and Sylvester Stallone have chosen a yellow gold Submariner for its ultra-premium look and feel.
While it is certainly seen more frequently on the red carpet then below the ocean surface, a yellow gold Rolex Submariner is a highly capable dive watch capable of withstanding even the most demanding aquatic conditions. For those after an all-gold Rolex, a yellow gold Submariner is fantastic option that takes a classic, timeless design and elevates it to the highest levels of luxury.