Comedian and podcaster Chris D'Elia sports a classic dive watch as his daily wear.
Chris D'Elia started stand-up comedy in 2006 and has also appeared in several sitcoms and other TV appearances.
Despite his wired appearance, Chris has never drunk alcohol or taken recreational drugs.
I enjoy Chris's sarcastic comedy on his Netflix specials and his podcast. Whilst critics might suggest his comedy is a little lowbrow and juvenile, Chris's no-holds barred attitude towards censorship is to be applauded.
Here's a clip of Chris's Neflix special, No Pain. You get some very nice glimpses of his watch too. Can you guess what it is?
Here's an episode of his podcast, Congratulations. You also get some up close views of his watch throughout the episode:
Chris D'Elia religiously wears his Rolex Submariner no date 114060. The Rolex Submariner is a classic that doesn't need much of an introduction. It's iconic as it is beautiful. Chris's model, the 114060, is a well known variant that has the date function removed (ie 'no date'). This adds a level of simplicity and understated appeal.
It's still a Rolex, so it's an expensive watch. But, it's not a watch that screams "I've got something to prove" like many newly rich or famous tend to flash about. Chris wears it with an air of authenticity that matches his comedy, and he wears it well. At 40mm diameter and 13mm case thickness, the Submariner 114040 can look oversized on some wrists, but not on Chris.
The Rolex Submariner ref: 114060 is very similar to the Rolex Submariner ref 116610. The only difference is the addition of the date feature on the 116610. The first Rolex Submariners showcased by Rolex in 1954 did not have the date complication. It wasn't until the introduction of the 1680 model in the late 1960's that Rolex the date function was introduced.
So, whilst the Submariner Date (116610) is currently the more popular model, it could be argued that the no-date version is closer to Rolex's original vision for the submariner range.
Either way, it comes down to personal preference. Do you like the date function and the cyclops magnifying eye, or don't you?
I personally like the symmetry of the no-date. And honestly, I'm a little lazy when it comes to changing the date. Sometimes I'll be in week 2 of the new month and I'll only just realize that the date is wrong. If you're like me, then changing the date may feel more like a chore than a feature.
There is also price incentive to opt for the no-date version, as the date function adds another $1K to an already expensive watch.
You can get an idea of prices for the 114060 no-date (pre-owned and new) and 116610 date (pre-owned and new). We've also covered submariner homage watches if you aren't financially ready to shell out for a Rolex.