To understand the Rolex Submariner No-Date (Ref. 14060 & 14060M), 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 first No-Date Submariner with a sapphire crystal, introduced in 1988, is but one example in the vast Submariner timeline.
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 Submariner No-Date fit in? The Rolex Submariner 14060 & 14060M – the first Submariner with no date and a sapphire crystal – was released in 1988. The major difference between the 14060 and the 14060M is the movement. The 14060 features the Rolex Caliber 3000. The 14060M features the Rolex Caliber 3130: featuring a balance bridge (as opposed to a balance cock) and a larger balance wheel, resulting in better chronometric rates. If that sounds like gibberish, don’t worry. The 14060M is a 14060 with an improved movement. No matter which reference you own, Everest’s Curved End rubber straps will fit. In fact, they are tailor fit to the dimensions of the No-Date Rolex Submariners (Ref. 14060 & 14060M), 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 No-Date Rolex Submariner (Ref. 14060 & 14060M), Everest bands are your best bet.