Traditionally speaking, the Rolex Submariner is a dive watch which comes without a date design. Although almost every Submariner that Rolex currently are producing 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.
From its first introduction in 1953, until the launch of this model in the late 1960s, the replica Rolex’s Submariner only showed 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 the fake Rolex’s entry-level dive watch. The no-date Submariner historically had a lower price 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 approachable in stainless steel with a black dial and bezel insert.
The no-date Submariner was one of the last Rolex watches to get a COSC rated movement as well. 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. Nevertheless, the no-date Submariner replica did not uniformly receive chronometer certification until a revision of the 14060M, which brought the entire Submariner line into the COSC rated range.
Besides, the no-date Submariner was the last Rolex sports model to retain a number of traits that have become features of the great 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.
The most fashionable rendition of Rolex’s no-date Submariner, the watch 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.
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. On the contrary, it was designed to be a premium and trustful dive instrument. While the no-date Submariner may be in the complete lacking of dial/bezel colors and precious metal configurations, it serves as a reminder that the fake Rolex has still remember the heart and soul of the Submariner line, which is exactly why they still keep on manufacturing a stainless steel dive watch without a date