If the Rolex Submariner is the most famous dive watch, then the Rolex submariner military discount clone Military Submariner, or MilSub, is the most well-known military-issued dip watch. What’s currently a highly sought after piece of view history — and one of the most bizarre collector’s watches ever — was once merely Ministry of Defense (MOD) standard issue gear.
The Brits were one of those early militaries to utilize sailors for offensive purposes during wartime, complementing ongoing recon and defensive missions. Coming from WWII, the MOD recognized a robust and reliable dive watch would be absolutely crucial for diving units. At the time, Rolex submariner military 5513 replica watch was the obvious leader in waterproof watch technologies, catching the interest of the MOD and marking the first appearance of a military-issued Submariner.
1966 Rolex Submariner 5513
Around 1957, once the MOD was ready to commit to the Submariner, Rolex submariner military history replica watch has been several years and several updated references in the Submariner’s history. The 6538, which would eventually be famous as the Bond Submariner because of its period on Connery’s wrist, was built into a MOD-spec version, the A/6538. Based on Mike Wood, one of the world’s preeminent collectors and governments on MilSubs, the MOD required certain features that would differentiate the military and civilian Subs: stationary bars, requiring a nylon strap and ensuring the watch case is not leaving your person with no arm attached to it; a larger bezel, permitting gloved divers more gripping power; along with a bezel material of German silver, that would typically dent upon impact, compared to cracking or breakage. The factory-installed dials with luminescent markers powered by radium needed to be re-lumed by MOD watchmakers because of their dangerous radioactive amounts. Tritium was utilized for the re-lume, represented with a circled”T” above the thickness rating — which makes this probably the sole vintage watch worth just as much or even more using a re-finished dial.
PHOTO CREDIT: HQ MILTON, SCUBAWATCH
After the Omega Seamaster served MOD divers from 1967 to 1971 because the issued watch of choice, the MOD approached Rolex submariner military issue fake watch and requested that they produce a reference 5513 Submariner with a few of the very same modifications found on the Omega. What resulted was three different MilSubs: the 5513, the 5517, along with a double-stamped 5513/5517. All examples were to leave the mill with the MOD specs: stationary pubs, the tritium”T” on the dial, sword hands, along with a 60-minute bezel, that has a hash mark for each of the 60 minutes versus the initial 15 minutes onto your typical diver. However, over time, many MilSub cases have felt the effects of time and are often found with replaced parts, i.e., Mercedes palms or the conventional bezel — a commodity of servicing. In other cases, the mismatched parts are a sign of an untrustworthy seller pawning off a”Frankenwatch” to naive buyers.
The MilSub is one of the priciest vintage Rolex sbs military submariner replica watches, the result of getting serious army provenance along with such low production numbers. All told, from 1971 through 1979, only about 1,200 MilSubs have been issued, of which an estimated 180 or so still exist now. Irrespective of whether it’s an A/6538, 5513, 5513/5517, or 5517 buying a MilSub takes patience, lots of research, a trustworthy seller, along with a healthy bank accounts. In good condition and with documentation, don’t be surprised to see that a MilSub fetch over $100,000. That is a good deal of coin to get a modified Submariner which can only be worn with a nylon strap.
Attempting to understand the MilSub from a person’s standpoint, the high prices and obsessive collectors might appear odd, possibly even absurd. However, after digging into the details, the picture gets somewhat clearer; the history is there, and it is nothing short of impressive. Within a brief span, MilSubs provided a clear link between watchmaking and history. As the existing examples become dropped with time, the connection gradually fades away together. Thus, you know everything? God save the remaining MilSubs.