Two years ago, watch collector and connoisseur Mike Stockton contributed a wonderful write-up about this Rolex Submariner 14060M. A 2000 word write-up about the classic Rolex Submariner 14060M, from the very early moment he laid his eyes on this iconic diver from Rolex, the moment he bought it (years later) up to now, years of ownership. Time to bring this story to your attention again, a wonderful (Christmas) tribute to the Rolex Submariner 14060M.
South Florida. The words evoke different things to different people. To some, it means sun, fun and vacation. To others, images of Scarface style hustlers, gangsters and drug dealers come to mind. To me, it is simply home. Make no mistake; South Florida is a melting pot of nationalities, professions (I use that word loosely), and moral fibers. Amongst this stew, there lies the ocean and aside from the boating fun that it brings, it is also a rich fishing ground. If you’d travel back in time with me to my childhood during the late 70’s, early 80’s in South Florida, you’d view a typical “SoFla” fast money phenomenon that, for a brief period before conservation laws kicked in, gave rise to the region’s newest nouveau riche: the swordfish fisherman.
The Rolex Submariner 14060M was the last of its kind. There’s a lot here that evokes the spirit of the original Sub from 1954. When it was retired in 2012, it was the last Rolex sport model to feature drilled through lug holes, a stamped bracelet clasp, stamped end links, and an aluminum bezel insert: all hallmarks of the original.
Personally, I’d find a barely used one and wear the heck out of it. Also, there’s little reason to buy one without box and papers as it is still such a new watch. While 14060M’s won’t be setting auction records any time soon, if ever, you can bet that they’ll likely appreciate over time.
Am I timepiece curmudgeon or simply sentimental? Probably both, and maybe a bit of a contrarian as I tend to lean towards simple, non-date watches. However, I’d like to think that I can recognize a fantastic piece of industrial design when I see one and the Rolex Submariner 14060M defines this. Like a Speedmaster, the Sub is seen as a foundation piece for any collection. Even if you do not harbor fond memories of Subs, I’d highly suggest that you try one on for size. You’ll be able to look down at your wrist knowing you’re wearing a true modern classic, the last of the old line, while benefiting from its go-anywhere modern technology.