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Hi - I often read on this forum that the Rolex Sub is the definitive, much copied, never equalled, classic designed, iconic diver. Its legendary status is well deserved & numerous other manufacturers produce watches that are clearly design influenced by Rolex sub's features - some are almost exact replicas with different maker names!

My question is - was the original Sub's design aesthetics (tweaked but not changed in 40 years) created by Rolex or were there other watch manufacturers who designed similar looking watches before Rolex - black dialled, black bezelled, hour markers, similar case design etc etc??

I owned a 1970's Zenith diver that was almost identical to the sub; clearly certain Omega, Tag, Seiko, Marathon & Blancpain divers share aesthetics with some models very similar - but was the iconic Sub design their own or reflective of trends seen in other watch houses?

Thanks

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i read somewhere.. cors that might be a crap source of infos.. that the original diver as it is today was some blanc pain 40 phatoms...
 

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Try posting your question on the Rolex forum. I'm sure Maverick can give you the definitive answer.

Andy
 
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