Rolex / Submariner
Submariner – rolex luxury watch

Submariner

Rolex Repair Prices

Where possible we will carry out the most cost effective repair to your watch to get it back on your wrist, operating within Rolex’s exacting standards.

  • Repair
    Price From (inc VAT)
  • Crown Repair
    £29.99
  • Crystal Repair
    £69.99
  • Bezel Repair
    £49.99
  • Bracelet Repair
    £19.99
  • Strap Replacement
    £14.99
  • Clasp Repair
    £9.99
  • Diagnostic Inspection
    £29.99

We understand that getting your Rolex watch serviced is an unexpected expense. That is why, like our secure collection service, we built our pricing around what’s convenient to you.

So whether you want to pay your total Rolex repair cost on completion or break it down into more manageable monthly payments our interest free instalment plan gives you the choice.

  • Movement
    Basic Service from (inc VAT)
  • Mechanical
    £309.99
  • Instalment Plan
    £155 deposit + 3 x £51.67

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“I was somewhat nervous about sending my pride and joy through the post, but they made the whole process very simple and secure.”
Jane Barlow-Kearsley
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“Whilst having to pay for an unexpected repair came as a bit of a shock, I am very happy with the work done and pleased to know that my watch is now in excellent shape.”
John Lancashire
Cartier Owner
“The service was swift and of a fantastic quality. When my timepiece needs it’s next service there will only be a choice of one place to go.”
Simon Masson
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“Repaired by JON now keeps better time than when new”
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“Right from the outset these guys were with me every step of the way totally reassuring and the special pack sent and on return were amazing very trusting honest and helpful”
Nicholas Simcox
Rolex Owner

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History of the Rolex Submariner:
Timeless Form Follows Function

It’s the reason why people “bow to the crown.”

It’s an icon of sumptuous luxury and a practical tool watch built to follow you through life’s toughest adventures.

It’s a microcosm of what makes Rolex such a classic brand—mixing bold evolution with ceaseless, sometimes imperceptible evolutions—and easily the most popular luxury watch in the world.

Whether it’s strapped over a wetsuit hundreds of feet underwater or tucked under the sleeve of a tailored tuxedo, the Rolex Submariner is always at home and at ease … with its elegant proportions and classic design, it instantly distinguishes its owner as a person of taste, class and adventure.

And it all started over 60 years ago …

From the Bathyscaphe to the Boardroom

Despite its unrivaled popularity, the Rolex Submariner was not the world’s first dive watch …

Born in 1953 and first presented at the Basel Fair of 1954, the Submariner comes from the heyday of oceanic exploration. Just one year before, Edmund Hillary had reached the Summit of Mount Everest with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual on his wrist. And Rolex was already accompanying the bathyscaphe Trieste before it reached for the depths of the Mariana Trench.

Without modern computers or the technology of today, reliable watches were must-have equipment for these bold explorers. After all, proper timekeeping could mean the difference between life and death on the bottom of the ocean, so the rugged reliability of Rolex offered serious peace of mind.

Hans Wilsdorf, the founder and marketing genius behind Rolex had already perfected his waterproof oyster case along with the application of self-winding movements. But it wasn’t until one of his board members and avid diver René-Paul Jeanneret suggested combining these two elements with a screw-down crown that the company considered marketing a dedicated diver.

But Jenneret took the idea one step further, suggesting that Rolex could design and market a diver that was more than just a tool watch—but also a timepiece that could dress up with the finest evening attire for a night on the town.

This is key to the Submariner’s evolution and dominance, because it’s always been more than just a dive watch.

Unlike chunkier divers (like the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms), the Submariner was designed with a slim case and flat bezel, measuring just 40mm wide and paired with Rolex’s classic oyster bracelet.

In today’s age of Hublot and clunky smart watches, 40mm might seem slight, but it was still substantial in the 1950’s—making it a reasonable compromise between the smaller dress timepieces of the day and the giant tool watches sold by companies like Panerai.

The Submariner met with popularity almost instantly. And when it adorned the wrist of Sean Connery’s James Bond just a few years later, it was almost instantly cemented as a must-have accessory for anyone who could afford it.

To Date or Not to Date?

The very first Submariners on the market (Ref 6204/6205) were “No-Date” configurations, without the date window or iconic cyclops magnifier that eventually became core to the Submariner’s look. They also lacked the Mercedes/Cathedral-style hour hand, and the shoulders that help protect the crown from bumps and knocks that could let water into the movement.

The uni-directional bezel has always been a key feature, however. Since it only spins in one direction, it’s harder to accidentally reset. And since that direction always shortens measured time, you’ll never end up in an accident that has you running out of air inconveniently early.

While the overall look of the Submariner has stayed very much the same since those first references, small evolutions have gradually transformed the watch. The date window was added (though the “No-Date” version is still available and prized for its clean design) and the core movement was updated numerous times.

If you’re in the market for a Submariner, you’ve got a few decisions to make. First, do you prefer the cyclops & date window, or do you like a cleaner dial? Second, what about the lugs? The Maxi-case was introduced just a few years ago, substantially enlarging the lugs of the Submariner. It’s a “love or hate” sort of change, depending on whether you prefer the watch’s classic proportions or want something that looks newer.

There’s also the “Rolex” engraved rehaut (The rehaut is the ring between the dial and the bezel), only available on the newer versions. It’s a classy upgrade that adds a touch of depth to the watch’s relatively flat design. Other small details, like Solid-End-Link (SEL) vs. hollow bracelets distinguish each reference from the next.

And finally, whether you want a “plain jane” Submariner at all. During its long tenure, the Submariner has seen numerous special editions—from the 50th anniversary “Kermit” featuring a black dial and green bezel to the blue-and-gold “Smurf.” So there’s a Submariner for every occasion and every outfit—even though the classic black & stainless will never quite be out of style, it seems.