It’s been a long time coming, but Rolex has finally unveiled its 2020 lineup and the big names are all here. Among the releases are new Submariner and Submariner Date models with subtle upgrades, touching on the heritage watchmaker’s history of refined diving success. The new generation of its Oyster Perpetual Submariner and Oyster Perpetual Submariner Date watches feature a redesigned, slightly larger 41 mm case, making a statement for those wearers lucky enough to score the new release.
Taking things in a slightly different direction, Rolex has equipped the new Submariners with the watchmaker’s latest tech; the Submariner with calibre 3230, unveiled by the brand this year, and for the first time, calibre 3235 on the Submariner Date, which offers both time and date functions. According to Rolex, the new calibres are made of nickel-phosphorus, making them insensitive to magnetic fields. Further, the movements are fitted with a blue Parachrom hairspring, manufactured in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy that Rolex claims make them up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks.
As we’ve come to expect from Rolex’s Submariner line, the new release in Oystersteel has a black dial and rotatable bezel with matching Cerachrom insert. For those seeking something a little more luxury, there is also a yellow Rolesor version (combining Oystersteel and 18 ct yellow gold) of the Submariner Date, offering a royal blue dial with a rotatable bezel and a blue Cerachrom insert. For the Submariner Date, you’ve got the option of one in Oystersteel and the other in 18 ct white gold. The first watch blends a black dial with a green bezel, while the second proposes a black dial and a blue bezel.
It’s a solid showing from Rolex, which is leaning heavily on its dive watch heritage. Nearly 70 years after the first Submariner was unveiled, the brand is continuing to push the boundaries, albeit in a more subtle and safe manner. Both new watches offer 70-hour power reserves compared to 48 hours in previous movements.
One of the bigger announcements regarding the new Rolex Submariner comes in the form of the bracelet. The updated Oyster bracelet on the new versions is equipped with Rolex’s patented Oysterlock folding safety clasp, backed by the Rolex Glidelock extension system. This, in turn, allows the wearer to adjust the length of the bracelet up to 20mm. For enhanced flexibility and longevity, the 18k white gold version of the Submariner Date’s Oyster bracelet also features ceramic inserts inside the links.
For those looking to get their hands on the new Rolex Submariner and Submariner Date releases, you won’t be alone. The hotly-anticipated Rolex Submariner Ref. 124060 is priced at USD$8,100. It is water-resistant to 300 metres, with the dial coming in black lacquer.