What was the first dive watch?

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The first dive watch is generally credited to the Rolex Submariner, which was introduced in 1953.

The Submariner was specifically designed for use by professional divers and featured a water-resistant case, a rotating bezel for tracking elapsed time, and highly legible hour markers and hands with luminous paint for visibility in low light conditions.

Other companies also began producing dive watches around the same time, including Blancpain with their Fifty Fathoms and Omega with their Seamaster. These early dive watches set the standard for what would become a highly specialized and popular category of watches.

While there were earlier waterproof watches designed for use by divers, such as the Rolex Oyster, these early models did not have the specific features and capabilities that would come to define the dive watch category.

How much money was the original Submariner?

The original 1953 Rolex Submariner was sold for a price of approximately £100 (British pounds) in the United Kingdom at the time of its release. This is equivalent to roughly $275 USD at the 1953 exchange rates.

Adjusted for inflation, that would make the price equivalent to $3,081.34 in 2023 dollars.

However, today, vintage 1953 Rolex Submariners are highly sought after by collectors and can sell for much higher prices depending on their condition and rarity. The value of a vintage 1953 Rolex Submariner can vary widely, but it is not uncommon for them to sell for tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction or through private sales.

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