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The vintage watch market has become its very own phenomenon in the last decade. As much as Nike leads by far the sneaker reselling market, no watch company is as strong in the second hand market as Rolex. The Rolex Submariner specifically, has become an icon over the last few decades, ever since Sean Connery was wearing the timeless design as James Bond in Dr. No. Since then the Rolex Submariner has come a long way and while many of today’s innovations are fantastic additions to the functionality of the watch, there are still many out there that miss some of the beautiful details that the original big crown Rolex Submariner used to have.

Tempus Machina presents the perfect fusion of vintage and modern with its custom Submariner Reference 216A. The brand new Rolex Submariner by Tempus Machina comes now with some of the beautiful details of the original, including the red triangle insert on the bezel, lugholes on the straps, coin-edge bezel details, and of course it also comes with a custom-made sapphire crystal that embodies the taller dome structure of the plexi Superdomes in the past. Last but not least, it of course also features the big crown.

Of course all these details and craftsmanship comes with a price. The Tempus Machina Ref. 216A Submariner goes for $25,000 and can be ordered from the brand’s website.

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