One of the most famous Rolex Submariners replica watches UK of all time is the reference 6538. Its oversized crown and lack of crown guards help distinguish it from the myriad of other Submariner references, and give the watch an unmistakably vintage look and feel. The small red triangle placed at the zero marker on the bezel insert adds a splash of color to the overall look of the watch, and help to promote its purpose-driven design.
The Submariner is easily Rolex’s most popular and widely recognizable line of watches. First introduced in 1954, and intended as a watch specifically for SCUBA divers, the Rolex Submariner has become an absolute cornerstone in the world of luxury watches, making it a popular target for first-time buyers and seasoned Rolex collectors alike. Although there are quite a lot of Rolex Submariners in existence, certain vintage references have caught the attention of enthusiasts whenever they surface.
For vintage Rolex sport fake watches, much of the rarity and collectability stems from the limited number of surviving examples, rather than an inherently small original production number. As high-end tool watches, many Rolex timepieces were actually subjected to the demanding conditions for which they were designed; and consequently, many were lost or destroyed over the course of the decades that they were in use by their owners.
At the heart of the reference 6538 beats Rolex’s 25-jewel, caliber 1030 movement, which operates at a frequency of 18,000vph and pre-dates the hack-seconds feature that can be found on later-era Rolex calibers. Originally introduced in 1950, the caliber 1030 is often credited as being Rolex’s first bi-directional, automatic winding movement. Additionally, it features a “butterfly” shaped rotor that has two slits cut out on either side of it that give the part its name and distinguishing form.
The majority of references 6538 Rolex Submariners copy watches were thoroughly worn by their users, through all kinds of demanding conditions, for most of their lives. As a result, most surviving examples have had their dials, hands, and bezel inserts replaced by Rolex service centers when they were sent in for regular maintenance and repairs. Consequently, finding a reference 6538 Rolex Submariner that is complete with all its original parts has become an increasingly difficult task.
Additionally, as it is the very same reference that was worn by Sean Connery in the first James Bond movies, the reference 6538 is considered by many to be the original “Bond Submariner.” While this characteristic really only holds significance to die-hard, James Bond fans; the additional level of collectability has increased the overall awareness of this particular reference, which in turn, has made it even more rare and difficult to find on the open market.
Connections to James Bond notwithstanding, the reference 6538 is a true classic; and the combination of its age, its unique feature set, and the limited number of surviving examples has helped place it among the top Rolex Submariner references – of all time – for collectors to own.