BREAKING NEWS: Rolex lives up to its teaser campaign promise with a suite of steel and gold Submariners

Oyster Perpetual Submariner

Rolex has lived up to its teaser campaign promise to “Conquer the Deep” with a broad sweep of new Submariners in a slightly larger and subtly redesigned 41mm case.

There is a single classic no date Sub using a new calibre 3230 in the 2020 collection while a suite of three Submariner Dates use the calibre 3235 in a Submariner for the first time.


All 41mm models are certified to a depth of 300m and come on a slightly wider bracelet that integrates into slimmed down lugs.

They all have ceramic unidirectional bezels with 60-minute graduated Cerachrom inserts.

Other than being slightly larger, all of the dials stick to the tried and trusted Submariner look that have made them a favourite of divers for decades and desk jockeys in recent years.

The hour and minute hands are differentiated in size and shape, and the hour markers in simple geometric forms – triangles, circles and rectangles – enable instant and reliable reading, preventing any risk of confusion underwater.

In the darkness of the deep, what Rolex calls its Chromalight display keeps the hands and markers alight with a blue-glowing luminescence.

They come in an array of colourways and materials. The Submariner ref.124060 has the timeless black lacquer dial in an Oystersteel case and Oyster bracelet.

If you are happier with a date on the diver’s dial you have three options.

There is a steel on steel ref.126610 LV with black lacquer dial and green bezel, a combination known to collectors as the Kermit.

The ref.126613 LB has a blue sunray dial framed by a blue and gold bezel. It comes in an Oystersteel case on a bi-colour steel and 18ct yellow gold bracelet.


Top of the line is an all 18ct white gold model with a black lacquer dial with a blue ceramic bezel.

The new-generation Submariner and Submariner Date’s movements, the calibre 3230 and 3235, both use Rolex’s Chronergy escapement that combines high energy efficiency with great dependability.

They are fitted with a blue Parachrom hairspring, manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy that makes it up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks.

Both efficient movements offer a power reserve of around 70 hours.

Hodinkee is reporting that the no date steel model will cost $8,100. With a date, prices are $9,550 for the Kermit, $14,300 for the bi-colour steel and gold and $39,650 for the white-gold model with the blue bezel.

Rolex’s UK team have provided slightly less detailed price information saying that the new Submariner range will sell for between £6,450 and £31,850.

They are expected to go on sale with Rolex authorised dealers in September, although no precise date has been provided.

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  1. lovely to see some new releases of this great watch – shame it will only be available at multiples of the retail price on the “grey market’



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