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To understand the 41mm Rolex Submariner, you have to understand the history and significance of the Submariner line as a whole. Rolex accurately calls the Submariner “The Reference Among Divers’ Watches”. This title wasn’t earned overnight; the Submariner has seen decades of changes, iterations, and improvements. The 41mm size standard, introduced in 2020, is just one of these changes.
Originally released in 1953, the Rolex Submariner is the most iconic dive watch, and perhaps the most iconic watch of all time. Developed and born in the mid-20th century, the Rolex Submariner embodies the golden age of watchmaking. A few decades prior, Rolex released the Oyster case – and the concept of water resistant watches – to the world. The first Submariner (Ref. 6204) took this water resistance to the next level, increasing the depth rating to 100 meters. Such depths are only explored by technical and commercial divers; the Submariner is fundamentally a purpose-built tool watch. Regardless, the model has exploded in popularity – far beyond just divers.
Like anything in production since the 1950’s, the Rolex Submariner has gone through a lot of changes. Slowly but surely, Rolex iterated upon the Submariner, upkeeping its status as the ultimate dive watch. In 1959, the Submariner received crown guards and a size increase from 37mm to 40mm. Over the next few years (and references), Rolex tweaked the shape of these crown guards, eventually settling on the rounded design similar to what we see today. If you’re looking for a dive watch without crown guards, Tudor has you covered. In 1967, the first Submariner with a date complication was released. The Submariner Date appeals more to those looking for an everyday watch: not necessarily a dive watch. For this reason, Submariner Dates are somewhat polarizing – some people love them, some people hate them. To this day, Rolex offers Submariners both with and without a date complication. In 1979, Rolex switched to sapphire crystals for all of their Submariners, moving on from acrylic crystals found on 4-digit references. Sapphire is now standard on all modern Submariner references. Throughout the 1980’s Rolex experimented with different materials and colors, offering a two tone steel and gold Submariner (Ref. 16803), as well as 904L steel Submariner (Ref. 168000). Today, all steel Rolexes are made of the anti-corrosive 904L steel, coined by the brand as ‘Oystersteel’. In 2008, Rolex released the first Submariner with a ceramic bezel, which would eventually become Rolex’s proprietary ‘Cerachrom’ blend. This material is now the standard on modern Submariners.
So where does the 41mm Submariner fit in? Released and made standard in 2020, this size is a very recent addition. A 1mm increase might not seem like much, but the Submariner has remained the same size (40mm) since 1959. As we’ve learned, the Submariner is a product of slow and steady iterations from Rolex. The 41mm case diameter is a seemingly minor change, but is significant because of its standardization. This isn’t a limited release or special edition; this is the modern Submariner. The size increase was accompanied by a 1mm lug-width increase (to 21mm): a hard thing to hear for those hoarding 20mm straps.
Everest’s Curved End rubber straps are tailor fit to the dimensions of the 41mm Rolex Submariners (Ref. 126610, 124060, 126618, 126619, 126613), seamlessly hugging the case and lugs. Rubber excels as a strong, lightweight, waterproof strap material (just make sure your watch is waterproof too). Rubber isn’t just practical, it’s one of the most comfortable materials for a watch strap. If you like the sporty look, rubber is a great everyday option. A rubber strap is a welcome addition to any dive watch, especially the most popular dive watch on Earth. If you’re looking for a new strap for your 41mm Rolex Submariner (Ref. 126610, 124060, 126618, 126619, 126613), Everest bands are your best bet.