*Unpolished* 1990 Rolex Submariner (Ref. 14060) W/ Creamy Patina
The ref. 14060 Rolex Submariner was introduced in 1990 as the new and improved version of its long-running predecessor, the legendary 5513. The 14060 featured a number of improvements from the 5513, including an increased depth rating to 300m or 1000 ft, a sapphire crystal, a 904L stainless steel case, and the upgraded cal. 3000 Rolex movement. We believe the 14060 was designed with the purest in mind with a simple, no-nonsense design, and retaining a lot of the aesthetics and elements that make the earlier no-date Submariners so desirable and great.
The earlier 14060 Submariner examples feature tritium lume dials, which have become very desirable due to the vintage appeal and wonderful lume coloration changes that can happen. The tritium dials were replaced in 1999/1999 with super-luminova, making for a small 8-year production cycle for these Tritium 14060 models. The 14060 continued in production until 1999 when it was replaced by the 14060M reference.
The 14060 is, for many, the perfect cross between old and new. With modern advancements and a more classic design, the 14060 Rolex Submariner is a versatile wristwatch for pretty much every situation.
|Dial||Glossy Black W/ WG Surrounds|
|Bracelet||Rolex 93150 Oyster Bracelet W/ 501B End Pieces|
The unpolished case is exceptional and displays crisp chamfers and strong factory finishing throughout with honest signs of use present. The original bezel insert is excellent and remains deep black in color, showing no major signs or use, and retains its tritium pearl that matches the golden dial patina perfectly. The case back retains its factory Rolex green case back sticker which some some expected signs of use. The original Rolex 93150 Oyster bracelet with 501 B end pieces retains 11 links that show almost no stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/4-inch wrist.
The original glossy black dial with white gold surround markers is in flawless condition, showing no age or damage whatsoever. The tritium lume plots have achieved a beautifully vibrant golden patina with no degradation present under UV light inspection. The original tritium hands have aged a few shades lighter than the dial which is common and expected in this era, however, the hands match the overall aesthetic of the watch nicely. Under UV light inspection the hands show no degradation.
None. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.